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  • Glacier Retreat Ushers in Arachnids

    Harvestmen— a spider-like arachnid— are among the first creatures to inhabit land in the wake of glacier retreat, according to a recent study by Sigmund Hågvar and Daniel Flø in the Norwegian Journal of Entomology. The land where glaciers have recently melted is an ideal habitat for creepy-crawlies including spiders, beetles, and other invertebrates. Perhaps…

  • Norway’s Gift to Finland: A Mountain and a Snowfield

    Norway may present its neighbor Finland with an unusual gift: a mountain 1331 meters in elevation, with a permanent snowfield at its top. This peak, Halti, lies a few hundred meters on the Norwegian side of the boundary between the countries.  Though it is small by Norwegian standards—it does not appear on the ranking of…

  • Svalbard

    The Question of Black Carbon

    Black carbon has only recently emerged as a known major contributor to climate change, especially for the Arctic. Formed by the incomplete combustion of fossil fuels, biofuels, and biomass, black carbon absorbs light more strongly than any other particulate matter, especially when deposited onto glaciers and snow cover. Here, it lowers their reflectivity, thereby absorbing…

  • Photo Friday: A Snapshot of Svalbard

    Svalbard is a Norwegian archipelago tucked in between Norway and the North Pole. Especially known for its views of the Northern Lights and its summer “midnight sun,” in which sunlight graces the archipelago 24 hours a day, Svalbard is also known for its glaciers, which cover around 60 percent of Svalbard’s land area. Project Pressure,…

  • 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.…

  • 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…

  • Icy Adventures in Norway

    If you want to walk and climb on glaciated areas for an extraordinary experience, you should visit Norway before the glaciers melt away. You do have some decades ahead, though, before glaciers really become scarce there. Still, rising  temperatures have caused a dramatic decrease in glacial volume in Norway as in other parts of the world.…

  • Photo Friday: Jotunheimen National Park

    The Jotunheimen National Park in Norway is one of the dream destinations for hikers in Europe. It is home to spectacular natural scenery of mountains, waterfalls, rivers, lakes, glaciers and valleys.

  • An image of Glacier Bay by Héctor Mota Via Flicker

    Round Up: Sounds of Glacier Bay, A New Book, and a Caving Video

    “Voices of Glacier Bay” Soundscape Project The National Park Service has a new project recording various sounds of nature in Glacier Bay National Park, Alaska. The recordings include sounds of: calving glaciers, humpback whales, singing birds, raindrop polyrhythms, and more! Check out their website, with tons more sounds and videos.   Over 150 scientists collaborated on…

  • How Invertebrates Colonize Deglaciated Sites

    Scientists have long wondered how species colonize sites after deglaciation. A recent study by Amber Vater and John Matthews in the journal The Holocene of invertebrates–animals without backbones—on a number of sites in Norway advances the understanding of this colonization. It pays particular attention to succession, the processes of change in the species composition of…