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  • Increased Discharge in the Tianshan Glacierized Watersheds

    In the arid and semi-arid regions of Central Asia, including western China, the glaciers of the Tianshan Mountains are an important water source for the inhabitants of the area. But accelerated glacier retreat is an unfortunate product of the changing climate, and the Tianshan glaciers are no exception.

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    Fire, Ice, and Climate Change in Iceland

    A recently published paper in Geology details how glaciers impact volcanic activity in Iceland.

  • Glacial Dropstones Home to Diverse Communities

    Beneath the glaciers of the West Antarctic Peninsula lie island-like habitats teeming with species. According to a recent paper, these unique habitats are formed around glacial dropstones.

  • Glacier Retreat and Trace-Metal Contamination in Peru

    A recent study provided a comprehensive assessment of the extent of trace-metal contamination across the Rio Santa basin, one of the largest and most important rivers in the Cordillera Blanca range.

  • 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.

  • 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.

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    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.

  • Aerial view of the Totten Glacier breaking up due to melting (Source: Khan/Twitter)

    The Largest Glacier in East Antarctica is Starting to Melt

    The Totten Glacier, a region in East Antarctica is undergoing melting. This is proven to be caused by winds, indicating another mechanism for sea level rise.

  • A third of Asia’s glaciers could be gone by 2100

    Asia will likely lose at least one-third of its glaciers by the end of this century, according to a recent study published in Nature. Goals of the Paris Climate Accords won’t be enough to curtail this fate, with rising temperatures having an outsized effect on glaciers in the high mountains of Asia.