Month / November 2015

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  • Roundup: A Glacier Made of People, A Lake and a Thaw

    Global climate march 2015 – in pictures On the eve of the opening of the UN climate change conference in Paris, campaigners around the world from Melbourne to London are marching to demand action. In Germany, demonstrators dressed in white to appear as a glacier. Read more about the story, click here.   Lakes expanding ‘dangerously’…

  • Photo Friday: Malaspina Glacier as Seen From Space

    The Malaspina Glacier, in Southeastern Alaska, is the largest piedmont glacier on Earth.

  • Helicopter Crashes in New Zealand Glacier

    A helicopter flying over the Fox Glacier in New Zealand crashed during bad weather last weekend, killing all seven passengers. Four of the victims were British tourists and two were Australian. The pilot, who had 3,000 hours of flying experience, was from New Zealand. The main body of the helicopter was found crushed between blocks of…

  • A Swiss Exhibit You Can’t Miss

    Swiss Glacier Museum has stunning new “Glaciers of the World” exhibit.

  • New Findings Suggest Cryovolcanoes on Pluto

    On November 9th, New Horizons mission geologists presented evidence that Pluto’s largest and most distinctive mountains might indeed be cryovolcanoes, or ice volcanoes, that are likely to have been active in Pluto’s recent geological past. The findings are just one of over fifty new reports of exciting discoveries about Pluto, revealed just four months after…

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    Roundup: Droughts and Floods in the Future

    15% Shrinkage for Tibet Glaciers “Glaciers on the Tibetan Plateau – the source of rivers such as the Brahmaputra – have shrunk by as much as 15 per cent, retreating by 8,000 square kilometres since 1980, according to a new Chinese government-backed study. The decades-long study conducted by the official Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS)…

  • A Visit to a Glacier Goddess

    During my recent visit to Bhutan, a shopkeeper in a mountain village mentioned to me that there was a temple located high up in a valley on Mount Jomolhari.  It contained an image of the local deity, he added, the goddess of the mountain.  These facts, mentioned quite casually, stirred my curiosity and made me…

  • Photo Friday: Kazakhs of the Altai Mountains

    The Altai Mountains in Central Asia, located where Russia, China, Mongolia and Kazakhstan meet, is home to a diverse and intriguing population. Altai is Turkic-Mongolian for golden and this land of vast beauty has several glaciers, including Tsambagarav Glacier pictured below. One particularly interesting population in this region is the Mongolian Kazakh, who tame golden eagles to hunt from the heights of these formidable mountains. Enjoy these photos of…

  • Threat from Himalayan Glaciers Larger Than Expected

    By Jingchao Wang and Xuefei Miao Impacts of climate change in river systems are likely to have considerable social, economic, ecological and political implications, according to a new study published in the journal of Regional Environmental Change. In order to understand governance mechanisms for climate adaptation in the region, a systematic review methodology was applied…

  • Peak Water Looms in Central Asia

    Glacier mass loss is threatening community livelihoods in Chon Kemin valley, in Central Asia. People in the region “strongly [depend] on glacial melt water for fresh water supply, irrigation and hydropower production…” say Annina Sorg and her coauthors of a paper studying the increased glacial melt in this area and its effect on peak water levels. The study…