Month / October 2016

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  • Roundup: Tragedy in Antarctica, Antimony and Glacier Risks

    Roundup: Tragedy, Antimony and Risk   Prominent Climate Scientist Dies in Antarctica New York Times: “Gordon Hamilton, a prominent climate scientist who studied glaciers and their impact on sea levels in a warming climate, died in Antarctica when the snowmobile he was riding plunged into a 100-foot-deep crevasse. He was an associate research professor in the…

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    Photo Friday: Imaginary Mountains

    When we think of imaginary mountains, we often think of dream-like peaks and impossible journeys. Throughout history, painters, writers, and adventurers have portrayed mountains as powerful illusions. In The Writings of Henry David Thoreau, Thoreau captures the ethereal qualities of mountains that inspire such human flights of fancy: “I lost myself quite in the upper air…

  • Glaciers Help Explain Suffering Salmon Populations

    The Nooksack Indians, who live in northwest Washington near the border of Canada, are fighting to save local salmon populations through a variety of innovative measures. Several species of salmon reside in the Nooksack River, which is comprised of three main forks that drain a large portion of the Cascade Range into Bellingham Bay. The…

  • Tensions Flare Over Glacier Skywalk in Jasper National Park

    First Nations in Canada have long gotten the short end of the stick in deals with federal agencies. Recently, inside Jasper National Park, things are tending toward more of the same, with indigenous people raising objections over a newly installed glass skywalk 918 feet above the Sunwapta valley. Like Canada’s other early national parks, Jasper…

  • Ion Concentrations Are Growing in Himalayan Lakes

    Dr. Franco Salerno and a team of Italian researchers conducted long-term field work in the Himalayan area, discovering a dramatic increase of ionic concentrations in glacial lakes. This increase may lead to some large and irreversible environmental effects, according to Salerno et al. A report detailing their findings was published in the journal of Environmental Science & Technology in July.

  • Roundup: Porcupine Glacier, Patterned Ground and Ciliates

    Roundup: Glacier Calving, Ciliates and the Alps   A calving event in Porcupine Glacier shows rapid retreat From the American Geophysical Union: “Porcupine Glacier is a 20 km long outlet glacier of an icefield in the Hoodoo Mountains of Northern British Columbia that terminates in an expanding proglacial lake. During 2016 the glacier had a 1.2…

  • Photo Friday: The Glaciers of Antarctica

    Antarctica, the world’s southernmost continent, is a hostile realm of ice and snow, fictionalized in our popular culture by the likes of H.P. Lovecraft and further romanticized by real-world scientific explorers eager to lay claim to the region. Humans who venture to the southernmost pole do so by way of the Antarctic Peninsula, where they…

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    Technology in Adventure: Lessons from an Everest Attempt

    Sarah Jane Pell, a researcher at the Exertion Games Lab at the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology in Melbourne, Australia and a self-described artist-adventurer, initially planned to climb Mount Everest in April 2015 to document her experiences with high-definition 360-degree video and record artistic expressions on the summit. She hoped to provide human-computer interaction designers…

  • High Altitude Himalayan Heroes Denied Summit Certificates

    Sherpas who successfully climbed Mount Everest were denied summit certificates by the Nepalese Government following the 2015-2016 alpine season.

  • Precipitation Controls Retreat of Kerguelen’s Glaciers

    Islands in the Indian Ocean are not the first to come to mind when glacier retreat is mentioned. However, glaciers in the Kerguelen Islands, located at sub-polar latitudes in the southern hemisphere, have been experiencing widespread and rapid retreat in recent years. While rising temperatures are generally assumed to be the main cause of glacial…