Location: Vatnajökull Ice Cap.
A new landscape of lakes, scree (broken rock) slopes, hills and large boulders is revealed after a glacier retreats. Soon, vegetation settles in, and the land is scattered with hardy flowers, grass, moss and lichen. Glaciers in Iceland—and throughout the Arctic—are vanishing due to a rapidly warming climate. This image is one of 41 photographs taken by Feodor Pitcairn on display in the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History’s new exhibition, “Primordial Landscapes: Iceland Revealed.”