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  • Small Particles Have Big Impact on Glacial Health

    A recent study by Heidi Smith et al. in the desolate McMurdo Dry Valleys of Antarctica has shown that microbial life in biofilms is present across a large part of the region’s ice, suggesting that the stability of polar ice can be influenced by even the smallest of organisms. Biofilms—thin, slimy bacterial layers that can…

  • Roundup: Video Games, Dust, and Pollinators

    Roundup: Jurassic Park, Dust and Interactions   Jurassic Park Video Game Features Glacier Park From Jurassic Wiki: A  Jurassic Park video game features a glacier park located in Patagonia. The game follows similar video games in the genre like Zoo Tycoon where the player designs and monitors a park with formerly extinct animals. Some animals…

  • “Red snow” algae accelerating glacier melt in the Arctic

    Scientists have discovered a troubling new characteristic of the tough algae that grow on the surface of Arctic glaciers: not only do they turn the glacier surfaces red, they accelerate the melting of the ice. Across the Arctic, from Greenland to Sweden, glacier ice is turning red in what has been termed “watermelon snow.” The…

  • Dark Snow Spells Doom for Glacial Melt Rates

    “One week-old snow was turning black and brown before my eyes,” American geologist Ulyana Horodyskyj told the Guardian in earlier this year as she stood at her mini weather station, 5,800 meters above sea level on Mount Himlung, on the Nepal-Tibet border. Horodyskyj studies glaciers in Nepal’s Himalaya mountain range and is one of the many scientists, bloggers,…