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  • 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…

  • Roundup: Glacier Paddleboarding and Ice Loss in the Southern Hemisphere

    Paddleboarders soak up splendors of Glacier Bay for 4 days “A typical summer day in 3.3-million-acre Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve might see cruise boats, kayakers and anglers on the water, hikers on shore, flightseers in the air. And increasingly, paddleboarders paddling among ice floes.” Read more about this new trend here.   Studying glaciers…

  • Roundup: “Wild card” glaciers, luxury ice cubes, & glacial dynamics

    This West Antarctica glacier is a ‘wild card’ for world’s coastlines “Scientists who have been raising alarms about the endangered ice sheet of West Antarctica say they’ve identified a key glacier that could pose the single most immediate threat to the world’s coastlines – and are pushing for an urgent new effort to study it.…

  • An image of a SCUBA diver swimming sideways under ice in Antarctica.

    Would you SCUBA dive under Antarctica?

    The Antarctic Dive Guide by Lisa Eareckson Kelley tells you everything you need to know about visiting the 7th continent from an underwater perspective. According to the book, diving under ice first started over 100 years ago when divers still used heavy suits and brass helmets to stay dry, while getting their oxygen from ships on the surface. Today,…

  • Artist Diane Burko Ties Together Art and Science

    The nexus between art and science first featured in artist and photographer Diane Burko’s work in 2006. Since then, Burko has traveled around the world to capture monumental landscapes and features. She has spent time in Norway, Greenland and the Antarctic Peninsula, documenting and bearing witness to the global disappearance of glaciers.  Burko agreed to…

  • Disappearing glacier in Mt. Erciyes, central Turkey. Credit: yuichi hayakawa, Flickr

    Roundup: Glacier dynamics, retreat in Turkey, and theological meaning

    Before and after: Glacier dynamics and the collapse of ice shelves in Antartica  “Following the disintegration of the Larsen B Ice Shelf, Antarctic Peninsula, in 2002, regular surveillance of its ∼20 tributary glaciers has revealed a response which is varied and complex in both space and time. The major outlets have accelerated and thinned, smaller glaciers have shown…

  • Blood Falls

    Photo Friday: The Science Behind Blood Falls’ Unusual Coloring

    This Photo Friday, enjoy stunning photos of Blood Falls – an unusual glacial tongue off of Taylor Glacier in East Antarctica. Far from the typical, pristinely white colors of glaciers, Blood Falls sports a trickling red tongue, sometimes invoking its namesake in blood red, other times in a fainter, more subtle burnt orange. Check out the…