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  • Life Blooms in Tiny Cities at the Surface of Glaciers

    You might think glaciers would be hostile to life. But small water-filled holes at the surfaces of glaciers called cryoconite holes contain diverse collections of organisms. Like individual cities in a continent of ice, each hole contains its own distinct population of creatures. Some scientists believe glaciers should be considered a separate biome given the unique…

  • Satellite Images Offer Clues to Causes of Glacial Lake Flooding

    Satellites are now allowing us to track the behavior of icy glacial lakes on the Himalayan Mountains–in particular the conditions that lead to glacial lake outburst floods (GLOFs), which have become increasingly frequent in the region over the past 20 years. Researchers from the Institute of Mountain Hazards and Environment and the State Key Laboratory of Cryosphere…