Month / October 2014

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  • Photo Friday: Around Ausangate

    About 100 kilometers southeast of Cuzco sits the majestic Ausangate mountain, which is surrounded by herds of alpaca and communities of llama herders. The mountain was considered a deity by the Incans and today backpackers enjoy the Ausengate circuit, a hike that circles the mountain in five or six days. Here is a selection of photos from…

  • Yes, Glaciers Melt, But Do You Know How?

    Have you ever wondered how glaciers melt? Do they melt from underneath? Top down? Maybe from all around at once? From the center outward? How fast do they melt? Do all glaciers melt? These are questions scientists’ wonder too, and they’ve been getting some interesting answers. Virtually every glacier on earth melts each year during…

  • After 100 Years of Glacier Loss, Alberta Braces for Erratic Water Flow

    When I travelled to Banff National Park in Alberta last summer, I was impressed by the high white peaks of the Canadian Rockies. Locals joked that those who want to see the snowy, icy mountains should hurry, because such beautiful landscapes may soon cease to exist due to global warming. Sadly, what the local people…

  • Icelandic Zombie Glacier Survives by Shedding Dead Bits

    It’s alive! British scientists recently discovered that a glacier named Falljökull in Iceland, considered dead, is in fact partially “alive.” Using 3D imaging of the interior and surface of the glacier, they found that its long top section, which extends in a steep ice fall from the ice cap Öraefajökull to a plateau below, has at least temporarily saved itself by…

  • Roundup: Volcano Drones, Space Glaciers and an Actor’s Fall

    Close-Up Drone Video of an Erupting Volcano Melts Face off GoPro Camera in Iceland Director of aerial imaging for drone maker DJI, Eric Cheng, and nature photographer Ragnar Th. Sigurdsson were able to fly a Quadcopter mounted GoPro camera into an active eruption in the Bardarbunga volcanic system, Iceland. Read the full story here. For more of…

  • India PM Modi Visits World’s Highest Battleground

    On October 23, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi visited the Siachen Glacier lauding the Indian soldiers based there. Modi tweeted “From the icy heights of the Siachen Glacier and with the brave jawans and officers of the armed forces, I wish all of you a happy Diwali.” Sharing sweets with our Jawans at Siachen. pic.twitter.com/ebHWkRwe3e —…

  • Photo Friday: Married on an Alaskan Glacier

    Photographer Josh Martinez took wedding pictures for a brave and adventurous couple with glaciers and pools of icy blue water in the background. For the shoot, they took a helicopter to Alaska’s Knik Glaciers, which is one of the largest in Southcentral Alaska. The wedding photos with ice, silt and glaciers give the photos dreamy and surreal…

  • Glaciers + Algal Blooms = Good?

    The pros and cons of algal blooms, high concentrations of phytoplankton in the oceans, are a subject of much debate. But several studies in recent months have examined links between changing polar environments, exponential growth of algal blooms, and potential for carbon reduction. One study, appearing in the journal Nature Communications in May 2014, suggests…

  • As Glaciers Melt, A Lake in Nepal Fills Up

      Glaciers on Nepal’s Imja Tse (Island Peak) in the Himalayas have melted at an average rate of almost 10 meters per year over the past several decades, during which time residents of Imja Tse Valley below have literally watched the residual waters create an entirely new lake. The Imja Tsho (Imja Lake) first began…

  • Artists Stage Glacier Worship to Fight Climate Change

    In early October, Peruvian artist Maxim Holland attempted to make an offering of water to a remote and legendary tropical glacier in the Peruvian Andes named Pariacaca, which is situated 13,000 feet above the sea. He lugged 150 liters of bottled water up to the foot of the glacier with the intention of boiling it until it…