Month / February 2015

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  • Photo Friday: Mount Aragats

    Mount Aragats, a 13,435 ft mountain peak in northwestern Armenia, is located to the northwest of Armenia’s capital city of Yerevan and north of the Ararat Plain. There is no doubt that it is the highest mountain in Armenia, which places it on the World Country High Points peak list. Aragats is a large circular andesitic-to-dacitic stratovolcano that…

  • Mining a Norwegian Glacier for Luxury Ice Cubes

    The World’s Most Wanted Ice Cube: that’s the tagline a Norwegian company is using to market ice cubes carved out of a melting ten-thousand-year-old Norwegian glacier. It plans to sell them to owners of upscale bars in Dubai, London and New York. After all, if you are sipping a $50 7-star cocktail served in a glass…

  • Glaciers Influence Marine Invertebrates in Chile

    Zooplankton are tiny creatures that drift in water bodies. A recent study by Meerhoff et al. in Progress in Oceanography describes linkages which connect them with glaciers. The researchers observed meroplankton—organisms which have planktonic features in their larval stages, but live sessile in the bottom as adults. They worked in the fjords of the Baker…

  • Four Centuries of Glacier Art

      Now on view at the McMichael Canadian Art Collection in Kleinburg, Ontario, the exhibition “Vanishing Ice: Alpine and Polar Landscapes in Art, 1775-2012” explores the aesthetic and cultural significance of glaciers for Western art over the past 400 years. The exhibit aims to inspire audiences to take action to protect the world’s glaciers as…

  • Round-Up: Melt Music, An Artist’s View, and Eruptions

     Salvatore Vitale’s Glacier Art  “This is the beginning of a project that aims to explore the powerful nature of a living creature in constant evolution. I want to show how such a powerful creature can be so fragile. In those pictures you can see their magnificence, but at the same time all their fragility.” See…

  • Photo Friday: Yaks

    Yaks are the grandfathers of glacial areas in Asia. Exemplifying the remote and untamed essence of the locations they inhabit, most wild male yaks live very solitary lives. However, according to the Wildlife Conservation Society, “greater yak densities [can be found] near glaciers, which often support adjacent food-rich alpine meadows.” Thus, the health of glaciers…

  • Glaciers and Society: Ethnographic Approaches

    By Mattias Borg Rasmussen and Karine Gagné According to the 2007 Fifth Assessment Report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), the decrease of glaciers is a nearly worldwide phenomenon. But how do local communities experience and comprehend melting glaciers? A range of anthropological studies have examined the relationship between glaciers and societies. While glaciers can be…

  • A picture of the Three Gorges Dam, Yangtze River, China

    Climate Change Brings Global Energy Concerns

    Global reliance on hydroelectric energy production has only increased in the 21st century, even as our supply of hydropower has become increasingly uncertain due to climate change impacts, including glacial retreat. South Asia is a clear example: due to the high cost and political risks of importing fuels like oil or coal, countries in this region have increasingly…

  • Dam Spill Threats at a Gold Mine in Kyrgyzstan  

    In light of the Mount Polley tailings dam spill in British Columbia, Canada, environmental activists in Kyrgyzstan are ringing alarm bells over a possible scenario of a similar outburst at Petrov Lake near the Kumtor gold mine project. At Mount Polley, the tailings dam at a copper and gold mine burst in August last year, spilling 25…

  • Roundup: Hindu Kush glaciers, Tibetan lakes and science vs. politics in Chile

    Glacier changes in Hindu Kush Himalayas                  “The fate of the Hindu Kush Himalayan glaciers has been a topic of heated debate due to their rapid melting and retreat. The underlying reason for the debate is the lack of systematic large-scale observations of the extent of glaciers in…