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  • 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 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.

  • Photo Friday: Juneau Icefield Expedition

    Today’s Photo Friday offers insight into a field expedition led by a group of explorers consisting of students, faculty, and staff from around the world. The Juneau Icefield Research Program, one of the longest running glacier expeditions, has been offering students a chance to learn about glaciers through field research conducted on Juneau Icefield.

  • Photo Friday: Walk the Widest Glacier in the Himalayas

    This Photo Friday, take a hike through images across Ngozumpa glacier in Nepal, the longest glacier in the Himalayas.

  • The Chinese Glacier with Three Names

    A visit to a research station in the Qilian Mountains of western China brought the author to a glacier whose meltwater supplies oases along the Silk Road. Reflecting the region’s long history, the glacier has three names, one of them very surprising.

  • Driving the Dalton: A Tour of North Slope Glacial History

    The only road in the United States that crosses the Arctic Circle is the Dalton Highway: a remote, potholed, perilous path that begins north of Fairbanks and terminates at the Arctic Ocean. For some, driving the Dalton is a bold, lonely adventure, and for others, it’s just a long commute to work. Molly Timm, field…

  • Arctic Field Science: An Unruly Harmony

    It’s 9 p.m. on my 26th birthday, and I’m standing outside a trailer in the middle of the Alaskan tundra. The trailer is my workplace for the summer, and my labmates and I are waving signs— mine reads “You are Alaska”— and cheering for the runners sprinting past us, in the final meters of an…

  • Glacial Change in China’s Central Asia

    Though I lived in China’s Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region for almost two years, it was only when I was in the heart of the Tian Shan mountains, my motorcycle meandering its way around fallen rock, sheep herds and horses, that I felt truly at home. Just a few hours outside of the city of Shihezi,…

  • Using Kayaks and Drones to Explore Glaciers

    Field study sounds cool: a group of scientists take boats out into untraveled waters on an important scientific mission, even witnessing extraordinary scenery like an iceberg calving event along the journey. However, the breathtaking beauty of such a trip can also come at a price, sometimes even human life! “I like working in Alaska, but…

  • Samar Khan Becomes First Woman to Cycle on Biafo Glacier

    Glaciers draw attention to some of society’s most entrenched issues. Samar Khan cycled 800 kilometers to the Biafo Glacier in northern Pakistan, where she rode on the 4,500 meter high glacier, one of the most elevated rides on glaciers in the world and becoming the first woman to do so. She is from Pakistani, a country where women’s rights are improving but there still exists an extreme disparity between men’s rights and women’s, which is one of the reasons Ms. Khan decided to pursue this goal.