Crystal clear water straight from the Glacier, Alaska

  1. I was just wondering the same and remembered something about several species being found in glaciers that were previously unknown to science, some of them being parasitic worms, and some of them still being able to revive after their time in the cryo-crypt. So, yeah it’s drinkable, but who knows, you could introduce a new incurable disease into the population by doing so. Super fun. OR you could gain superhuman abilities. I say go for it, for science.

  2. We drank the glacier water in Jasper National Park (Columbia Ice Fields). The tour guide recommended it actually. It was awesome! I mean sure, we all died shortly thereafter but overall a positive experience.

  3. My brothers and I hiked in Alaska and we drank glacial water for four days. Of course, we filtered it first through micron pump filters. It is the sweetest and tastiest water I have ever had. It just has such a clean taste.

  4. Potentially, it could also have run over and melting frozen animal and contain whatever bacteria comes from that. Like, tap water is drinkable, but not if you get it from the p trap

  5. i think up until the water comes in contact with large amounts of dirt and debris (usually from other streams or rivers) the water is relatively safe to drink. it’s the same as eating the snow or ice

  6. Not sure about every glacier, or even about nowadays (or maybe ever), but I did drink the water straight from the Matanuska Glacier as a kid. I suffered no ill effects, and it was honestly pretty nice.

  7. I have a photo of 17 year old me collecting water from exit glacier in Alaska when it was still… around… and while the photo looks cool. The 4 days of voided bowels after drinking that bottle of water was not cool.

  8. I had a children’s learning book that told me “clear ice and snow is ok to melt and drink, blue ice is unsafe” based on the age of the ice. I always remembered this until one day in college there was a professor who studied rare microbiology and diseases and I shared this fact and he laughed at me. One of the best places for them to find previously undiscovered, rare, dangerous and peculiar bacteria is frozen in ice. The absence of water and the time-capsule-ness means they can find bacteria that have never experienced modern antibiotics.

  9. It is. Just because it's not filtered there is a small risk of contamination but it mostly matters where the water is coming from and what animals live up on the ice. People drink it all the time

  10. No. You could end up with a case of cholera, dysentery, E. coli, etc. I went to church camp as a kid and the staff made koolaid with spring water from our hike and we all ended up sick af.

  11. I know you're kidding but honestly it would better than what they really are doing, melting glaciers only raise sea level when the meltwater comes from an inland glacier. This water is just going to end up in the ocean. I have a problem with over pumping groundwater aquifers that have drawdown issues, which is where their water/evil really comes from.

  12. Know I’ve been on Reddit too much when I’m reading random comments referencing relatively obscure posts in unrelated subreddits and they read like “Arrested Development”-level callbacks

  13. DO NOT drink glacier water. It looks so appealing but the ice can be filled with all types of bacteria. It's safer to drink from a regular stream I've been told.

  14. Why is it so clear? When that glacier was formed there were particulates in the air, dust, airborne sand (like blows sand from Africa all the way to North America) weren't there?

  15. Entire video is probably a fabrication. Computer rendering with lots of detail in ultra HD. That's why the water is so clear and why audio is like that. Also look at the camera work that doesn't look natural either.

  16. There are several. If you drive down the Seward Highway especially near Girdwood there are glaciers nestled between the mountains pretty much everywhere you look. You can hear them crack and shift when it’s quiet. They are all getting smaller every year because the melt rate is exceeding the snow freezing layers, but they still have several years before they might be totally gone in the south. The ones in the north will endure for a few decades longer

  17. Believe it or not, drinking pure glacier water kinda sucks- done it before and there's a surprising amount of sand/grit floating in there. My experience at least- Still fun.

  18. Yep, "glacial milk" from the glacier grinding up rocks. Will also fuck up your water filter. Source: former alpine guide.

  19. I took a glacier boat ride and had a glacier ice cocktail. Seemed fine other than the soil that surfaced in my drink. But it was clean dirt! (Alaska)

  20. Beautiful but of course anything to do with nature comes with a guilt trip for humanity...that's melting because we fucked up the earth

  21. This would make a great vodka add. From the gods, to your mouth…(zues standing on a cloud peeing down the glacier.

  22. Replied the same to someone else but: I was just wondering the same and remembered something about several species being found in glaciers that were previously unknown to science, some of them being parasitic worms, and some of them still being able to revive after their time in the cryo-crypt. So, yeah it’s drinkable, but who knows, you could introduce a new incurable disease into the population by doing so. Super fun. OR you could gain superhuman abilities. I say go for it, for science.

  23. Doesn't mean it tastes good, no minerals or anything, it isn't even good for your body if you continue drinking it

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