Month / July 2014

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  • Evidence of glaciers, but no little green men, on Mars

    When astronomer Percival Lowell looked through his telescope in northern Arizona in 1895, he was convinced that Mars was covered with a network of canals. Lowell published three books on the features of the Red Planet that he believed formed an elaborate system of transporting water from the polar ice caps. The canals, he theorized,…

  • SkiFree, a game from the past, has a message for the future

    If you used a PC at any point in the ‘90s, you probably encountered the game SkiFree. To jog your memory, the 16-bit windows game featured a lone skier tirelessly trying to gain “style points” and avoid obstacles such as rocks, trees, snow bunnies and a man-eating yeti. SkiFree, created by Microsoft programmer Chris Pirih…

  • Scientists find yet another negative impact of glacial melt: ocean acidification

    Researchers have recently uncovered previously unknown negative environmental impact of accelerated glacial melt. If reductions in freshwater availability, landslides, outburst floods and sea level rise were not bad enough, ocean acidification can be added to the list. Ocean acidification is a well-known process, though it has not previously been linked to glaciers. Scientists have recognixed…

  • Photo Friday: Life as a Chilean cowboy in the Andes

    Photographer Peter Haden traveled to Chile in 2007 and shot a photo essay of Leo, a huaso who lives in the Andes. For more photos, visit Haden’s Flickr page. Photo Friday highlights photo essays and collections from areas with glaciers. If you have photos you’d like to share, let us know in the comments, by…

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    In Kyrgyzstan, not all glacier lakes are monitored equally

    As the temperature rises and glacial lakes grow, the Kyrgyzstan government is monitoring some glaciers while neglecting others. Kyrgyzstani officials are closely studying the 18 growing glacial lakes on the Adygene Glacier to predict glacial hazards. Since these glacial lakes are located above Kyrgyzstan’s capital, Bishkek, glacial lake outburst floods could potentially flood the valley,…

  • The inevitable doom of Glacier Rush

    I lost track of how many narwhals I killed. Each time it was the same; a block of ice fell into the ocean, I thought I had given enough time for the narwhal to react and get out of its way but again, the ice hit it, its eyes turned into little x’s and the…

  • High schoolers get “hands on” with Alaska glacier

      In an age when satellite images are often the only source of data you could need about a glacier, few people will still strap on ice cleats and lug a theodolite up to a calving ice front. What’s even more unusual is finding a group of 16 and 17 year olds who do just…

  • Photo Friday: Glaciers from above

      Astronauts aboard the International Space Station took this picture of the space shuttle Atlantis’ STS-132 mission as it flew over a glacier in Chile and Argentina. (NASA) The Siachen glacier as seen in 2011. The 76 km long glacier is sometimes called a “white snake”. Please follow, share and like us:

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    In Chile, glaciers and dams become political footballs

    Glaciers, an unlikely political player in Latin America, had a major part to play in one of the most striking victories for the environmental movement in South America. Last month, a committee of ministers in Chile voted to cancel the permit of the massive HidroAysen project located in southern Chile that had sought to construct…

  • New book measures changes in China’s glaciers

    In far northwestern China, in the province of Xinjiang, the Altai, Pamir, Kunlun, and Karakorum mountain ranges rise massively out of the earth, creating peaks that rival their famous neighbor to the south, the Himalayas. The mountains are home to some 18,000 glaciers, which have sustained the famous steppe nomadic hordes of antiquity with their…