Month / December 2017

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  • Iceland’s Öræfajökull Volcano, Buried Under Glacier, Shows Signs of Activity

    The Öræfajökull volcano in Iceland is showing signs of activity this month. Like many other volcanoes in Iceland it is mostly buried underneath a glacier.

  • Celebrating International Mountain Day at the United Nations

    A well-attended event was held the United Nations Headquarters in New York on November 11 to mark International Mountain Day. UN ambassadors and experts representing different organizations spoke, followed by animated conversations. The participants emphasized the importance of mountains within international climate and development agreements.

  • A Troubling Turn for Glacier Science in Argentina

    After the Argentine glaciologist Ricardo Villalba was indicted for failure to apply national glacier laws and for facilitating environmental damages caused by a mining company, a large campaign within Argentina and around the world has emerged to support him.

  • Roundup: Glacier Tourism, Running Records, and Ancient Tree Stumps

    In this week’s roundup, we explore China’s decision to halt tourism at a shrinking glacier, a new running record on an Antarctic glacier, and a 3000-year-old tree stump found under a melting Icelandic glacier.

  • Lava fresh out of the vent (Source: BirGün Gazetesi/Twitter)

    Photo Friday: Shiveluch Volcano Eruption in Siberia

    Check out images of Shiveluch Volcano, a super volcano in Siberia that erupted on 4 December 2017.

  • Glacier Reconstruction: The Key to the Future

    A new paper develops a technique to draw together the work of scientists who have sought to overcome a fundamental problem in glacier research: the short time depth of the observational record. Scientists are eager to learn about the size and extent of glaciers much further in the past. The tool they use is called glacier reconstruction. This is of particular interest as scientists and glaciologists can better understand what might take place in the future if they understand how glaciers and ice sheets reacted to climate change in the past.

  • Not All Glaciers Retreat with Climate Change

    While most of the world’s glaciers are shrinking, there are a few glaciers west of the Himalayas in eastern Karakoram and West Kunlun that are stable or actually experiencing slight mass gains. What accounts for the difference? A recent study explores this question.

  • Photo of snowmobile pulled radar

    Below the Ice: Subglacial Topography in West Antartica

    A recently published study in Nature Communications details the influence of subglacial topography on ice flow for the rapidly shrinking Pine Island Glacier.

  • Roundup: Climate justice, Impacts of Glacial Retreat, and Sediments

    In this week’s roundup, we look at an indigenous Peruvian farmer’s fight for climate justice, impacts of glacial retreat in the tropical Andes, and increasing sediment delivery to global oceans from Greenland’s ice sheets.

  • Photo of ÖRÆFAJÖKULL and cauldron forming

    Photo Friday: Ice Cauldron Forms on Iceland’s Highest Volcano

    This Photo Friday check out images of a newly formed ice cauldron on the summit of ÖRÆFAJÖKULL, the highest volcano in Iceland.