Month / October 2015

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  • Photo Friday: The Dry Valleys of Antarctica

    The National Snow and Ice Data Center (NSIDC) houses an excellent Glacier Photograph Collection, including a special collection of photos of the McMurdo Dry Valleys, a row of snow-free valleys in Antartica. However, that doesn’t stop from glaciers from entering into the picture. About dry valleys and the MucMurdo Dry Valley photo collection, the NSIDC…

  • A Mountain Festival in Bhutan Draws Locals and Visitors

    Hundreds of people, ranging from yak-herders to government officials to foreign tourists, gathered in a remote village of Bhutan earlier this month to attend a two-day mountain festival, designed to celebrate local cultures and promote conservation. The sponsoring organizations and communities presented a wide array of activities, with broad participation by the diverse set of people…

  • Antarctic Bacteria Prove Resilient

    Surviving in Antarctic conditions takes more than cold-resilience for bacteria, recent research from the Center for Cellular and Molecular Biology found. Using six different stressors in lab conditions, from temperature stress to pH change stress to salt and oxidative stress, the researchers were able to test bacterial resistance in the environments they are likely to encounter…

  • Glacier Stars in New Bollywood Film

    It is not unusual for the viewer of a Bollywood movie to be transported to the pyramids of Egypt, the Swiss Alps, or even the metropolis of midtown Manhattan, as the backdrop for actors’ most intense emotion–whether that is romantic love or a sense of being lost in the world. Recently, the Thajiwas glacier, in…

  • Roundup: Glacier Paddleboarding and Ice Loss in the Southern Hemisphere

    Paddleboarders soak up splendors of Glacier Bay for 4 days “A typical summer day in 3.3-million-acre Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve might see cruise boats, kayakers and anglers on the water, hikers on shore, flightseers in the air. And increasingly, paddleboarders paddling among ice floes.” Read more about this new trend here.   Studying glaciers…

  • Photo Friday: Exploring Mount Shuksan

    Mount Shuksan, a glaciated peak in the North Cascades National Park of Washington state, is perhaps one of the most heavily photographed mountains in the world. The mountain’s name, Shuksan, is derived from the Lummi word meaning “high peak–” these photos below show why. Emily from Barnstorming, a wife, mother, farmer and family physician living…

  • Norwegian Ice Tunnels Address Climate and Mythology

    At the heart of the Juvflye plateau in Norway, icy tunnels are carved in the Juvfonne snowdrift. The tunnels attract tourists, who are there to learn about climate change, Norse mythology, history and nature as part of the Mimisbrunnr Climate Park. The park was named after the well of knowledge in Norse Mythology. According to the myth, Odin, father…

  • Glacier Dynamics May Not be Fully Understood

    Jakobshavn Isbræ, an outlet glacier off the west coast of Greenland, is losing mass faster than previously thought, due to increased melt water passing through it, as reported in a new paper. The glacier’s rapid trajectory of thinning may well represent the Greenland Ice Sheet (GrIS) ice loss rate in the near future, which could mean faster sea…

  • Mountain Spirits and the Shaking Earth

    After the devastating earthquakes in Nepal earlier this year, Sienna Craig began to conduct field research in Mustang to understand how communities in the area perceived and dealt with the earthquake. Craig is Associate Professor and Chair of the Department of Anthropology at Dartmouth College. She is the co-editor of HIMALAYA, the flagship journal of…

  • Roundup: French Presidential Visit, Trek Itinerary, and Dangerous Glacial Lakes

    French president visits glacier to witness climate change “PARIS — The French president took a few steps on an Icelandic glacier Friday to experience firsthand the damage caused by global warming, ahead of major U.N. talks on climate change in Paris this year. Francois Hollande went to the shrinking Solheimajokull glacier, where the ice has…