Hiker stumbles upon ‘floating’ boulder

When Danish nurse Mogens Eskesen stumbled upon this precariously balanced 'floating' boulder on a recent hike, he was surprised to find no one seemed to have noticed it before.

Hiker stumbles upon 'floating' boulder
The 'floating stone' found in Vest-Agder. Photo: Mogens Eskesen
Eskesen, who works as an anaesthetic nurse at a hospital in Kristiansand, was out hiking near the village of Ljosland in Norway’s Vest-Agder country, when he came upon the remarkable stone only 15 minutes walk from where he had parked his car. 
“I’ve never heard anyone saying anything about the stone,” he told The Local. “It might be that many people have seen it before me, but I haven’t seen any pictures of it.” 
He said he believed the stone had probably been lying there undocumented for thousands of years. 
“It has been placed there by the ice, and the small particles have been blown away during the years, and now there are only three small stones lying underneath,” he said. “I think it’s been like that for maybe 10,000 years.” 
Ole Fridtjof Frigstad, a retired geologist, told NRK that the find was “wonderful” and that Eskesen was in all probability correct. 
“The ice melted down here about 12,000 years ago, so this must have happened at the time the ice melted away,” he said. 


Art project shows the scope of Switzerland’s extraordinary glacier loss

An art project has shed light on the sheer scope of Switzerland’s glacier loss in recent years due to climate change.

Art project shows the scope of Switzerland’s extraordinary glacier loss
Photo: Studio Oefner/ETH Zurich

The project looks to “visualise 140 years of glacial retreat through an interactive network”. 

READ: Swiss glaciers shrink ten percent in five years 

The project is led by Swiss artist Fabian Oefner, who has reproduced the receding glaciers using neon lines which contrast with images of the glaciers as they currently stand. 

In a collaboration with with Federal Institute of Technology Zurich and Google mapped the shrinking glaciers over time. 

READ: Swiss 'glacier initiative' collects 120,000 signatures 

“Im interested in the concept of time and how change shapes the way we see reality”, Oefner says. 

Using drones equipped with LEDs, Oefner used real representations of glacial loss as the frame for the project. 

“I looked at maps where you could see the glacier in its current state and dozens of lines drawn on the map in front of it. Each of these lines represented where the glacier was in the past few decades,” Oefner said. 

“I wanted to find a way to transport the scientific data and bring it into reality”.