You see the bluish tinge of the ice? That is ancient ice, uncovered to the air for the first time in thousands of years, as the glacier melts its way down, uncovering fresh ice as it goes... Samples taken from the core of the ice contain oxygen from that period, and pollution, oxygen, air and other bacterial and fungal particulate matter from that time can be judged as such... Gomukh is mentioned in the Puranas. It is said there that searching a lost sheep a shepherd boy reached near a glacier in Gangotri, the snout of which exactly looked like the mouth of a cow, and thus it got its name 'Gomukh'. From then many saints, holy travellers, as well as religious people went there to worship the place. This footage is part of the professionally-shot stock footage archive of Wilderness Films India Ltd., the largest collection of imagery from South Asia. The Wilderness Films India collection comprises of thousands of hours of high quality broadcast imagery, mostly shot on HDCAM 1080i High Definition, HDV and Digital Betacam. Write to us for licensing this footage on a broadcast format, for use in your production! We pride ourselves in bringing the best of India and South Asia to the world... wfi @ vsnl.com and email@example.com.