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  • Glacier stories you may have missed – 9/22/14

    Tibetan glaciers have shrunk by 15 percent “The study attributes the retreat of glaciers and thawing of frozen earth to global warming, suggesting a significant impact on the water security of the subcontinent. Rivers such as the Brahmaputra have their source on the Tibetan plateau, where it flows as the Yarlung Zangbo before turning at…

  • Lava, and alerts, are seeing red

    Our colleague Gísli Pálsson wrote this morning from Iceland, “The show is on; this time a considerable eruption.” At the Holuhraun lava field, lava has been erupting since Sunday morning. These lava fountains reach more than 50 meters high. Though they are dramatic, they do not release ash that would interfere with aviation. This activity…

  • Photo Friday: Glaciers for all seasons in Patagonia

    Patagonia’s stunning scenery was the reason this area of southern Argentina became the namesake of the popular brand of outdoor clothing. Photographer Alex Proimos photographed its glacier ice caves, mountain lakes and the impressive Fitz Roy mountain in 2011. See more pictures from his trip in his Flickr gallery. Photo Friday highlights photo essays and collections…

  • As glaciers melt, bodies resurface

    In June 2012, an Alaska Army National Guard helicopter was flying over the Colony Glacier on a routine training flight when the crew noticed bits of wreckage scattered on the ice. The twisted metal, bits of cloth and other debris turned out to be all that was left of a C-124 Globemaster II troop transport…

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    Icelandic volcano in Vatnajökull erupts

      Our Icelandic colleagues have just contacted us. Ásdís Jónsdóttir writes “Just a note to tell you that an eruption has begun in Vatnajökull – it is under the outlet of Dyngjujökull. It started about half an hour ago (at quarter past two p.m.). They are evacuating areas to the north of the glacier (they…

  • Iceland earthquakes continue, evacuations begin

    As the earthquakes continue at Bárðarbunga volcano, under Iceland’s largest glacier, local authorities and residents have become increasingly concerned about the risk of outburst floods, though the warning remains at code orange. They recognize that large quantities of water could rush down river valleys if magma should rise to the surface. As a precautionary measure, residents and…

  • The risk of an exploding glacier is heating up in Iceland

    Will lava soon hit glacier ice, unleashing an explosion that would spew ash and steam high in the atmosphere? The Icelandic Meteorology Office (IMO) thinks that the probability of such an event in their country has increased. Through Saturday 16 August the risk level had been at code green– a “background, non-eruptive state.” The IMO…

  • Glacier stories you may have missed – 8/18

    Glacier tourism could be under threat “Canterbury University geography lecturer Heather Purdie has been monitoring Fox Glacier’s retreat since 2005, focusing on the glacier’s physical changes and how they affect tourist access and safety.” Read more here. Researchers map the world’s glaciers (all 200,000 of them) “The recently completed catalog will help researchers understand the…

  • Driving the world’s “highest road” as the glaciers vanish

    When Showkat Ali began driving buses in the 1980s on the Northern India’s Khardung-la, the world’s reputed highest motorable road, the Khardung glacier was immense and represented a daunting obstacle for vehicle transport. One day, he saw the vehicles in front and behind him vanish in a sudden tide of snow while his bus was…

  • Emma Thompson’s latest role: climate change activist

    Two-time Oscar-winning actress and screenwriter Emma Thompson is known for her leading roles in Howards End, Sense and Sensibility, Love Actually and more recently Effie Gray. But her latest role might have the greatest reach: as a real-life activist for climate change Thompson is travelling with Greenpeace across the Arctic aboard the activist ship, Esperanza,…