Month / February 2018

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  • The summit of El Ushba, a peak in the Georgian Caucasus Mountain Region

    Tracing the Glaciation of the Greater Caucasus Mountains

    Follow the remarkable methodology used by Georgian researchers in tracing the glaciation of the Caucasus Mountains during the Little Ice Age.

  • Geochemical Evolution of Meltwater from Glacier Snow to Proglacial Lake

    Supraglacial streams on Canada Glacier, a dry valley glacier located in the Taylor Valley of Antarctica, exhibit unique geochemical compositions, influenced by the wind-driven terrestrial input from the valley floor. This unique geochemistry extends into the proglacial streams, which influences the chemistry of the lake and ultimately the sea.

  • Photo of the Gulf of Alaska from space

    Roundup: Decaying Matter, Glacial Bacteria, and CO2 Uptake

    In this weeks roundup, read about the transport of nutrients and decaying matter, glacial bacteria, and how glacial runoff impacts CO2 uptake in the Gulf Alaska.

  • Photo Friday: Mer de Glace, a “Sea of Ice”

    A trip to the French Alps, home of the famous Mont Blanc and majestic Mer de Glace, or “Sea of Ice,” inspired this author to consider the tragedy of a glacier-less world for future generations.

  • Photo of a glacier in the Pamir Mountains

    Glacial Retreat and Water Impacts Around the World

    A new study recently published in Nature Climate Change examines the impacts of climate change on water availability in glacierized basins.

  • Reconstructing Norway’s Oldest Garment: the Tunic of Lendbreen

    In 2011, archaeologists came across a crumpled piece of cloth in the ice of Lendbreen Glacier. When examined, it turned out to be an incredibly well-preserved 1,700-year-old tunic that became the oldest piece of clothing found in Norway. Now it has been reconstructed.

  • Teachers Tackle Climate Change Through Film

    High school students at Nederland Middle-Senior High School in Colorado participated recently in an innovative approach, outlined in a report from the National Science Teacher’s Association, to teaching students about climate impacts in their communities. For Nederland students, this meant exploring the nearby Arapaho Glacier which provides their drinking water supply. The Arapaho Glacier is located…

  • Roundup: Microbial Mats, Hidden Heat, and Tree Infection

    In this week’s roundup, read about the development of microbial mats in glacier meltwater, geothermal heat hidden beneath the Greenland ice sheet, and blister infection on the Whitebark pine in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem.

  • Photo Friday: Black History Month & Expedition Denali

    In honor of Black History Month, this Photo Friday showcases the exciting story of the first all-African American team to climb Denali, the highest peak in North America.

  • Iceland’s Vanishing Beauty: An Interview with Michael Kienitz

    Michael Kienitz, a photojournalist based in Madison, WI, has been collecting images of the vanishing glaciers in South East Iceland for the last five years. In this time, he has witnessed dramatic changes in the shape and size of the Icelandic glaciers. He describes his experience of documenting such changes in Iceland in this interview with GlacierHub.