Roundup: Holes, Wedding, and Collapse

Posted by on Mar 14, 2016

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Each week, we highlight three stories from the forefront of glacier news.

Holes in Glaciers May Harbor Unique Flora

 

Examples of cryoconite holes (A –B), and an overview of the Nordenskiöld tide-water glacier (C). (Photo:CZECH POLAR REPORTS)

Examples of cryoconite holes (A –B), and an overview of the Nordenskiöld tide-water glacier (C). Photo:CZECH POLAR REPORTS

From Czech Polar Reports – Masaryk University:
“Cryoconite holes are small, extreme habitats, widespread in the ablation zones of glaciers worldwide. They can provide a suitable environment for microorganisms including bacteria, cyanobacteria, algae, fungi, and invertebrate
s. Diatoms have been previously recovered from cryoconite holes of Greenland and of Svalbard, and recent findings from Antarctica suggest that cryoconite holes may harbor a unique diatom flora distinct from other aquatic habitats nearby. In the present study, we characterize the diatom communities of Nordenskiöld glacier cryoconite holes in Billefjorden (Svalbard, Spitsbergen), and multivariate approaches were used to compare them with three freshwater localities in the immediate vicinity to investigate possible sources of the species pool.”
Read more about what may be using holes in glaciers as habitats.

Wedding Inside Icelandic Glacier

 

British couple Anthony and Mari were the first to get married inside Langjökull glacier. Photo:Photo/Kristín María Stefánsdóttir

British couple Anthony and Mari were the first to get married inside Langjökull glacier. Photo:Photo/Kristín María Stefánsdóttir

 

From Iceland Magazine:

“The first wedding ceremony to take place inside Langjökull, Iceland’s second largest glacier, happened last week when British couple Anthony and Mari were joined in marriage.

Travel organiser Pink Iceland assisted the couple with their wedding plans, which began over a year ago. The bride and groom and their guests stayed at Hótel Húsafell, West Iceland, and the wedding location was kept secret up until the last moment. “After breakfast we made sure all the guests were well dressed. Then a number of super jeeps picked up the group and drove them up onto the glacier,” Eva María Þórarinsdóttir, one of Pink Iceland’s owners, told Vísir.”

Learn more about this stunning glacier wedding.

Argentina Glacier Collapse

 

(Photo:Screengrab ) from video from The Guardian

Photo:Screengrab  from video from The Guardian

 

From Fox News Latino:

“Argentina’s massive Perito Moreno glacier this week began the process leading to its cyclical rupture, a spectacular event involving the collapse of huge masses of ice that draw thousands of tourists and that has not happened since 2012.

“The Perito Moreno Glacier began its breakup process. We’re waiting! (We) came to experience it firsthand!,” said the Tourism Secretariat of El Califate, a city some 80 km (50 mi.) from the glacier, Tuesday on Twitter.

Before the big show, a huge number of tourists and the news media began arriving at the Los Glaciares National Park in the southern province of Santa Cruz, which receives some 700,000 tourist each year.

“It’s not known how long it’s going to take. We only know from earlier experiences. In the last breakups starting from the moment when the outflow starts, which is what happened this morning, the process normally takes … three or four days,” park official Matilde Oviedo told EFE.”

See more of the video here and read more about the event here.

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