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  • A Swiss Community Fights to Save their Glacier

    The local community of Pontresina, in the Swiss Alps, has commissioned a study due to concerns of losing their glacier. The study investigates the feasibility of slowing down the retreat of the Morteratsch glacier, a popular tourist and skiing destination, by artificially producing snow.

  • Melting Glaciers and the Animals that Follow

    Last week, GlacierHub reported on a study that followed the types of plants that colonize new areas exposed by glacier retreat. But what about the animals that colonize de-glaciated regions?

  • Cooperation in the Face of Glacier Retreat: The Plants’ Story

    As new areas become exposed as glaciers retreat, plants begin to colonize them. Do the different species support or compete with one another? A recent study published in the Journal of Vegetation examines this interaction in southern Norway.

  • Decoding the Science of a Tropical Glacier through Data and People

    The volcano, Chimborazo, in Ecuador, is home to a glacier that like many tropical glaciers is quickly receding. When Jeff La Frenierre, a geographer at Gustavus Adolphus College, headed to the Andes, his main objective was to understand how glaciers on this particular mountain had been responding to climate change. However, in the midst of…

  • Roundup: Kyrgyzstan Protests, Alaskan Glacial Runoff, and Rap Music

    In this week’s roundup, we explore protests defending glaciers in Kyrgyzstan, a study about glacial runoff in Alaska, and rap artist Gucci Mane’s latest album called El Gato the Human Glacier.

  • Venezuela is Losing its Last Glacier

    Venezuela is about to be the first country to lose all its glaciers. This will affect the local ecosystem in areas nearby as run off stability and water supply for agriculture will be impacted. And due to the political climate in Venezuela, the last glacier is currently not being studied more than through satellites, which is not enough.

  • Water Access and Glacial Recession in Peru

    A new paper published in the journal Global and Planetary Change examines the transformation of glacierized hydro-social systems in Peru through the lens of biophysical and social processes.

  • Great Biodiversity of Puyuhuapi Fjord

    New research reveals the great biodiversity of the Puyuhuapi Fjord in Chile. The team discovered over 1,600 species and identified trends in their distributions but also notes that the biodiversity is currently threatened by salmon farming.

  • Aging Ice-Cored Moraines in the Canadian Arctic

    A new paper looks at assigning ages to some of the oldest moraines from the last glaciation in the Canadian Arctic. These ice-cored moraines, named because they are moraines with remnants of glacial ice, are notoriously difficult to study because there are many factors that influence how accurately they can be dated.

  • Tibetan Glacier Reveals History of Pollution

    Researchers have found an overall increasing trend in the levels of trace elements within a Tibetan ice core from 1497-1992. But what explains the increase of these trace elements in Tibetan glaciers? Was it due to natural or anthropogenic causes?