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  • Prominent Scientist Gordon Hamilton Dies in Antarctica

    Gordon Hamilton, a respected glaciologist, died recently while on field research in Antarctica after his snowmobile fell 100 feet into a crevasse. The 50-year-old associate research professor worked at the University of Maine where he studied the effects of climate change on the shrinking glaciers of Greenland and Antarctica. Dr. Hamilton had been conducting field…

  • Photo Friday: The Glaciers of Antarctica

    Antarctica, the world’s southernmost continent, is a hostile realm of ice and snow, fictionalized in our popular culture by the likes of H.P. Lovecraft and further romanticized by real-world scientific explorers eager to lay claim to the region. Humans who venture to the southernmost pole do so by way of the Antarctic Peninsula, where they…

  • Roundup: Antarctica and Greenland in peril, black carbon

    Ninety percent of the western Antarctic Peninsula’s glaciers are retreating From Carbon Brief: “These rivers of ice ooze their way down through the Peninsula’s rocky mountain range and into the ocean, powered by gravity and their own weight. But of the 674 glaciers on the Peninsula’s western side, almost 90% are retreating. This happens when their…

  • Intimacy and Expertise: A Conversation with Antarctic Anthropologist Jessica O’Reilly

    When most people think about Antarctica, they do not think about people.  That is not the case for Jessica O’Reilly, assistant professor of international studies at Indiana University.  In her April 2016 paper, “Sensing the ice: field science, models, and expert intimacy with knowledge,” published in theJournal of the Royal Anthropological Institute, O’Reilly explores the…

  • Roundup: Glacial Melt, Photos, and Disasters

    Each week, we highlight three stories from the forefront of glacier news. The Climate Post: Melting of Totten Glacier Could Trigger 6 Foot Sea-Level Rise From Huffpost Green: “A new study published in the journal Nature is drawing attention to the effect of warming water on the world’s largest ice mass, Totten Glacier in East Antarctica. Melting of…

  • Zaria Forman’s Quest to Capture Ice as Art Before It’s Gone

    Zaria Forman is taking pastel drawings to a whole new level by creating photo-realist drawings of areas susceptible to climate change. She believes that artists have a special responsibility to showcase the effects of our changing climate, and has dedicated her work to doing just that. Her paintings capture lighting and depth so convincingly that a…

  • Roundup: Glaciers Lose Old Timber, Gain Dust and Carbon

    Efforts to Clean Up Switzerland “A lot of infrastructure in the Alps dilapidates due to a missing use, the absence of owners or an unclear legal status. The infrastructure built in the latter half of the 20th century consists of solidified, impregnated wood, and metal. A recent survey by mountain wilderness has shown that there…

  • Life on the Edge: The Science of Glaciers that Meet Oceans

    How important is glacier melt to sea level rise?

  • Photo Friday: Exploring Antarctica

    The United States Antarctic Program houses a comprehensive photo library containing more than five hundred photos of Antarctica’s glaciers and icesheets, allowing the public to explore the continent’s unique ecology and ice-covered landscape. Enjoy the photos below. [slideshow_deploy id=’6840′] The second photo showcases Blood Falls at the terminus of Taylor Glacier. To learn more about…

  • Antarctic Bacteria Prove Resilient

    Surviving in Antarctic conditions takes more than cold-resilience for bacteria, recent research from the Center for Cellular and Molecular Biology found. Using six different stressors in lab conditions, from temperature stress to pH change stress to salt and oxidative stress, the researchers were able to test bacterial resistance in the environments they are likely to encounter…