Month / January 2015

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  • Earthquakes Rattling Glaciers, Boosting Sea Level Rise

    Talk of earthquakes likely calls to mind giant fissures opening up along the earth’s crust, the trembling of rock, buildings crumbling to their knees and, depending on your age and cast of mind, the love of Superman for Lois Lane. But it does not likely conjure up images of giant tongues of sliding ice or…

  • Photo Friday: Glacier Pictures from an American Farmer

    Nearly all the images that appear in Photo Friday on this site are taken by travelers. Whether as scientists, as artists, or as adventurers, the photographers have undertaken journeys to mountain areas. They have sought out glaciers as visual subjects that illustrate their understanding of our world—its beauty, its fascination, its fragility. By contrast, these…

  • A picture of Glacier Ray Lloyd's Crionick Kick

    A Professional Glacier

      Ray Lloyd is a professional wrestler who has wrestled under the name “Glacier” since 1996. Born in Georgia, a state with no glaciers, Ray as a boy enjoyed superheroes, professional wrestling, and martial arts. He took up martial arts himself at the age of 15.  In high school and college Ray participated in and enjoyed other sports,…

  • New Glacial Lakes to Transform Swiss Landscape

    Ongoing climate change is causing glaciers in the Swiss Alps to shrink dramatically, and some predict they will disappear entirely by the end of the century. As they melt over the coming decades, Swiss scientists estimate that 500 to 600 new lakes covering close to 50 square kilometers of land will form in Switzerland. That’s…

  • Roundup: New Stories on Black Carbon

    We feature three stories, all of which focus on black carbon. This atmospheric pollutant plays an important role in accelerating glacier retreat. Moreover, policies can be designed to reduce it, by supporting alternative fuels and improved technologies. Reductions in black carbon also bring health benefits, since this substance leads to pulmonary diseases. Story 1: Ice…

  • Little Auk Upends Arctic Climate Change Models

    In July of 2013, a team of scientists from France, Russia and the United States descended upon an uninhabited archipelago in the Russian Arctic called Franz-Josef Land, the northern most archipelago in the world. There they spent two months at Tikhaya Bay on Hooker Island, one of the archipelago’s 191 islands, tagging and studying a…

  • James Balog: Breathing Life Into Ice

    For more than 30 years, James Balog, an American photographer, has devoted himself to merging insights from art and science to create innovative and vivid interpretations of our changing world. His photographic interests are diverse, including endangered animals, North America’s old-growth forests, and polar ice. In 2007, Balog initiated a long-term photography project, called the…

  • How Invertebrates Colonize Deglaciated Sites

    Scientists have long wondered how species colonize sites after deglaciation. A recent study by Amber Vater and John Matthews in the journal The Holocene of invertebrates–animals without backbones—on a number of sites in Norway advances the understanding of this colonization. It pays particular attention to succession, the processes of change in the species composition of…

  • Roundup: A New Documentary, Ice Worms, Timelapse Videos

      “Glacial Balance,” A New Documentary by Ethan Steinman on Climate Change “Water and its sources have historically been the key factor in the establishment of cities, of civilizations. But we are at a critical point in the environment and mankind’s existence. . . GLACIAL BALANCE takes us to Colombia, Argentina, Chile, Bolivia and Ecuador, getting…