Roundup: Tien Shan, Breweries, and Glacier Plants

Glacier Loss in Tien Shan

Tien Shan. Photo Credit: Anguskirk (via flickr)
Tien Shan. Photo Credit: Anguskirk (via flickr)

Populations in Central Asia are heavily dependent on snow and glacier melt for their water supplies. Changes to the glaciers in the main mountain range in this region, the Tien Shan, have been reported over the past decade. However, reconstructions over longer, multi-decadal timescales and the mechanisms underlying these variations—both required for reliable future projections—are not well constrained.

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Breweries Support Glacier Research

An ice inspector in the Carriboo Mountains, British Columbia. Photo Credit: Dru! (via Flickr)
An ice inspector in the Carriboo Mountains, British Columbia. Photo Credit: Dru! (via Flickr)

A British Columbia scientist is hoping to use a few cold ones to get the public thinking about really big cold ones – glaciers. Brian Menounos, a glaciologist with the University of Northern British Columbia, has teamed up with Kokanee beer for a project that will result in a better understanding of what’s happening to western glaciers as well as a special batch of suds.

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Glacier Plants and Insects

Italian Alps. Photo credit: kurtly100 (via Flickr)
Italian Alps. Photo credit: kurtly100 (via Flickr)

There is a growing interest in understanding the relationship between the structure and dynamics of ecological networks. Ecological network changes along primary successions are poorly known: to address such topic, gradient of primary succession on glacier forelands is an ideal model, as sites of different age since deglaciation stand for different ecosystem developmental stages.

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