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  • Glaciers Influence Marine Invertebrates in Chile

    Zooplankton are tiny creatures that drift in water bodies. A recent study by Meerhoff et al. in Progress in Oceanography describes linkages which connect them with glaciers. The researchers observed meroplankton—organisms which have planktonic features in their larval stages, but live sessile in the bottom as adults. They worked in the fjords of the Baker…

  • Roundup: Hindu Kush glaciers, Tibetan lakes and science vs. politics in Chile

    Glacier changes in Hindu Kush Himalayas                  “The fate of the Hindu Kush Himalayan glaciers has been a topic of heated debate due to their rapid melting and retreat. The underlying reason for the debate is the lack of systematic large-scale observations of the extent of glaciers in…

  • Roundup: A New Documentary, Ice Worms, Timelapse Videos

      “Glacial Balance,” A New Documentary by Ethan Steinman on Climate Change “Water and its sources have historically been the key factor in the establishment of cities, of civilizations. But we are at a critical point in the environment and mankind’s existence. . . GLACIAL BALANCE takes us to Colombia, Argentina, Chile, Bolivia and Ecuador, getting…

  • Roundup: Volcano Drones, Space Glaciers and an Actor’s Fall

    Close-Up Drone Video of an Erupting Volcano Melts Face off GoPro Camera in Iceland Director of aerial imaging for drone maker DJI, Eric Cheng, and nature photographer Ragnar Th. Sigurdsson were able to fly a Quadcopter mounted GoPro camera into an active eruption in the Bardarbunga volcanic system, Iceland. Read the full story here. For more of…

  • Copper Versus Ice: Chilean Mine Would Excavate Five Glaciers

    The glaciers of Chile are threatened not just by global warming, but by mining operations high in the snow-peaked Andes cordillera. On July 24, Chile’s state-owned copper mining company Codelco, the world’s largest producer of the metal, proposed changes to a controversial $6.8 billion expansion of its Andina mine. Whether the new proposal gets the green light from environmental authorities could determine the fate of 26 glaciers in the central Andes.

  • Glacier stories you may have missed – 9/08/14

    Glacier Landslide Blocks Traffic between Russia and Georgia/Armenia   “On 20th August, another landslide occurred at the same site, once again blocking the Dariali Gorge.  This landslide, which is reported to have originated at the glacier, is reported to have been larger..”   Read more here. Chilean Government Pressured Over Glacier Law “Chilean NGOs and…

  • Photo Friday: Life as a Chilean cowboy in the Andes

    Photographer Peter Haden traveled to Chile in 2007 and shot a photo essay of Leo, a huaso who lives in the Andes. For more photos, visit Haden’s Flickr page. Photo Friday highlights photo essays and collections from areas with glaciers. If you have photos you’d like to share, let us know in the comments, by…

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    In Chile, glaciers and dams become political footballs

    Glaciers, an unlikely political player in Latin America, had a major part to play in one of the most striking victories for the environmental movement in South America. Last month, a committee of ministers in Chile voted to cancel the permit of the massive HidroAysen project located in southern Chile that had sought to construct…

  • Researchers turn to geoengineering to save Chile’s glaciers

    When you think of geoengineering, you may be imagining huge mirrors in space, or iron filings being dumped into the ocean. Geoengineering, though, can occur on a smaller scale. Some researchers are proposing small-scale fixes as in an effort to save some of Chile’s 3,100 glaciers. Cedomir Marangunic, a glaciologist in Chile, saw the retreat…

  • To prevent mining expansion, form your own country

    Chilean law does not recognize its 3,100 glaciers, leaving them with limited protection from industrial development. Most notably, the copper mining industry, which contributes 15 percent of the country’s $268.3 billion GDP, often encroaches on the glaciers, tapping water for operations, or dumping mining detritus on them. Recently, the state-owned Codelco proposed expansion of the…