Month / June 2015

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  • image of wind blowing over the top of a glacier.

    Do Windy Glaciers Melt Faster?

    The relationship between surface winds and glacial melt is more complex than previously thought, according to an article in the journal, Boundary-Layer Meteorology, which used new data collecting techniques. The report by Maxime Litt, Jean-Emmanuel Sicart, and Patrick Wagnon, with the Université Grenoble Alpes, France, and, Warren D. Helgason at the University of Saskatchewan, Canada,…

  • Gold Bay, South Georgia (Credit: Jonathan E. Shaw, Flickr)

    Roundup: Fish in Patagonia, Film in Kashmir & Glacial Georgia

    One Fish, Two Fish: Black Southern Cod maintain a more diverse diet when near glacier meltwater areas “The black southern cod, Patagonotothen tessellata, is the most important notothenioid fish species in terms of abundance in southern Chilean Patagonia. However, studies on its trophic ecology are scarce. [This study assessed] the spatial variation in the diet of…

  • An Alaska Army National Guard helicopter drops approximately 700 gallons of water on to the Stetson Creek Fire near Cooper Landing, Alaska, June 17.

    PhotoFriday: Wildfires Rage in Alaska

    Unseasonable heat in Alaska combined with winds and low humidity have triggered major wildfire outbreaks in the Northern state. According to a status report from the Alaska Interagency Coordination Center, as of Wednesday, June 24, there were 278 active wildland fires state-wide. The Healy Lake Fires grew to 10,000 acres earlier this month, doubling in less than…

  • A Dying Glacier, a Drought-Stricken Village, and a Good View

    In the course of researching my new book, “Fire and Ice: Soot, Solidarity and Survival on the Roof of the World”, I traveled to many communities living in the shadow of retreating snow and ice. I talked to Sherpa villagers who fear potential glacial lake outburst floods in Nepal’s Khumbu Valley, and with Naxi people…

  • Icy Adventures in Norway

    If you want to walk and climb on glaciated areas for an extraordinary experience, you should visit Norway before the glaciers melt away. You do have some decades ahead, though, before glaciers really become scarce there. Still, rising  temperatures have caused a dramatic decrease in glacial volume in Norway as in other parts of the world.…

  • Prehistoric Glaciation Influenced Frog Evolution

    Extensive studies in continental regions have discovered that climate variations can have strong impacts on the distribution and evolutionary history of species. Now, a study of mountainous areas, where few studies have been conducted, has found similar patterns in the current distribution and population isolation of a frog species on the Tibetan Plateau. The study,…

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    Roundup: Snowmaking Guns, Antarctic Ice, and Black Carbon

    Ski Resort’s New Snowmaking Guns  Describing a major ski resort in British Columbia, Canada: “De Jong says that after commercial operations end in July, four snowmaking guns and other infrastructure will be installed. It is expected to be used beginning in October. ‘If the pilot project is conclusive, this unique project will become a significant…

  • Thule Glacier, Greenland

    PhotoFriday: NASA Views Greenland Glaciers From Above

    NASA’s Operation IceBridge is finishing up its seventh annual campaign surveying Arctic ice levels. The operation has run biannual polar expeditions, one to the Arctic and the other to the Antarctic, each year since its formation in 2009. This year’s spring survey of the Arctic wrapped up on May 22. While Operation IceBridge uses advanced remote…

  • A Soccer Team’s Fight to Protect Chile’s Glaciers

    “QUE GANEN LOS GLACIARES,” or “VICTORY TO THE GLACIERS” is not a slogan you’d expect to see associated with South America’s Copa America, which kicked off last Thursday in Santiago, Chile. As Chilean fútbol fervor builds, Greenpeace Chile has launched its own soccer campaign in support of its Glacier Republic. In March 2014, Greenpeace declared the…

  • Will the Pope Mention Glaciers in His Encyclical?

    As people around the world await the release of a new encyclical on climate change by Pope Francis, we at GlacierHub are eager to see how glaciers are featured in this document. The great moral weight of the pope could lend considerable support to efforts to address climate change. Will the encyclical also draw on…