Month / March 2016

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  • Glacier Counties in Washington Give Strong Support to Sanders

    You’ve heard of red states and blue states–but what about glacier states and non-glacier states? Most political analysis focuses on voters’ age, gender, race, or other demographic characteristics. But looking at voter proximity to glaciers is also a fascinating metric. In fact, last weekend’s caucuses in Washington state point towards an association between glaciers and support…

  • ‘Ice Cubed’: A Conference on the Many Sides of Ice on April 15

    As melting polar icecaps and receding glaciers have generated a global consciousness of the planet’s fragility, ice is now more than ever a subject of fascination and analysis, whether historically or in the contemporary world. On April 15-16, the Society of Fellows in the Humanities at Columbia University will host Ice Cubed–a two-day conference exploring…

  • Building a Database of Dramatic Glacial Floods

    Glacial lake outburst floods are a type of deluge that occurs when a moraine–a natural dam, made of rock, sediment and ice–breaks, releasing the glacier-fed lake behind it. As a consequence, some scientists have said that it is necessary to build a database of past glacial lake outburst floods to manage and monitor the threat of future ones.…

  • Roundup: Glaciers are Visited by Tourists, Scientists and Microbes

    Each week, we highlight three stories from the forefront of glacier news. Glacier National Park prepares for busier season this year From KPAS: “Glacier National Park continue to celebrate their 100th year anniversary and anticipates a very busy upcoming summer season and even launched a new program. “Last year we saw a 3%-4% increase in visitation. It…

  • Photo Friday: Jade Dragon Snow Mountain

    Jade Dragon Snow Mountain, in southern China’s Yunnan province, is known for its beauty and for the many tourists that flock there yearly. But the glaciers that top this mountain range may not be around for much longer. A Chinese info site stated in 2010 that four of the 19 glaciers on Jade Dragon have already disappeared. The mountain’s location at the edge of the…

  • At Family Game Night, Glacier Retreat is in the Cards

    A game that focuses on glacier retreat drew a number of players at a community outreach event held earlier this month in Fairbanks, Alaska, as part of a major international conference, the Arctic Science Summit Week (ASSW). The game, called Glaciers Then and Now, is played with a deck of 16 cards, each of which…

  • Watch This Dramatic Glacial Ice Collapse

    An ice bridge collapsed at Perito Moreno Glacier in Argentina earlier this month. Hundreds of tourists and locals gathered to witness the dramatic event.   Huge glacier collapses in Argentina:   On March 9, huge masses of ice broke up into pieces and fell into Argentino Lake, the largest lake in the country. This is…

  • Could Glaciology Use a Dose of Feminism?

    A new study in Progress in Human Geography argues that the viewpoints of women and indigenous people are not being represented in glaciology and that a feminist perspective is needed to counterbalance this deficit. The authors—Mark Carey, M Jackson, Alessandro Antonello, and Jaclyn Rushing of the University of Oregon—are calling for a reimagining of what…

  • Roundup: Fewer Hikers, Less Pollen, More Algae on Glaciers

    Each week, we highlight three stories from the forefront of glacier news. New Zealand Glaciers Banned Hiking From Mashable.com: “New Zealand is renowned for its wondrous scenery, and among the country’s top tourist attractions are two glaciers that are both stunning and unusual because they snake down from the mountains to a temperate rain forest,…

  • Photo Friday: Mia Baila’s “Portraits of Ice”

    Mia Baila has been painting glaciers in Alaska since she first saw them in 2008. In an email to Glacierhub, she wrote that she describes these paintings of glaciers as “Portraits of Ice,” and wrote that the process of representing a glacier in a painting is similar to the process of capturing the uniqueness of a…