Photo Friday: Yak Rugby

14 July 2017, by

Known to many as the “roof of the world,” the Pamir Mountains are home to quite a few superlatives. But nothing in the Pamirs elicits quite as deep a gasp as the pastime of a group of ethnic Tajiks living in China’s Taxkorgan Autonomous County, near China’s borders with Pakistan, Afghanistan and Tajikistan. Buzkashi, a popular game among […]

Shining on a Glacier: Girls on Ice

13 July 2017, by

One day last June, something rare took place on Interior Alaska’s Gulkana Glacier— a dance party. As a treat for the final day of Girls on Ice, a glacier-based science education program for teenage girls, instructors lowered each of the nine girls into a crevasse, two at a time, and they used ice axes and […]

A New Ingredient to Whiskey: Glacial Water

11 July 2017, by

Glacier Distilling, a locally-owned distillery in Montana, next to Glacier National Park, uses glacier water in the production of their craft whiskeys. The distillery uses pure glacial water from the Northern Rockies and locally grown grains to produce an alpine whiskey.

Glaciers and the Rise of Nazism

6 July 2017, by

Glaciers and the mountains that convey them have come to symbolize purity— one which has been marred by glacial retreat. We long to return to a state in which glaciers aren’t retreating as a result of anthropogenic climate change, where the condition of the world aligns more closely with our belief in what it should be […]

Photo Friday: A Visit to Volcano Museums in Iceland

30 June 2017, by

Like millions of other travelers, Gísli Pálsson found that his travel plans were stymied by the 2010 eruption of Iceland’s glacier-covered Mt. Eyjafjallajökull, which canceled transatlantic flights and generated a glacial meltwater flood. As a professor of anthropology at the University of Iceland, Pálsson responded to the inconvenience in a creative way– by starting a project called […]

Historic Glacier National Park Murals Restored

29 June 2017, by

Change is a constant theme in the dialogue surrounding Glacier National Park in Montana. Glaciers are retreating rapidly, reducing streamflow and threatening flora and fauna. Sometimes, however, change comes with renewal. One striking case is the recent restoration of a set of murals from the historic Glacier Lodge. Railroad tycoon Louis Hill, president of the […]

Scaling Quelccaya: Depicting Climate Change Through Art

27 June 2017, by

The Quelccaya Ice Cap, located in the Peruvian Andes, is the world’s largest tropical glaciated area. In an effort to conceptualize the scale of the glacier’s retreat, Meredith Leich, M.F.A. in film, video, media, and new animation at SAIC, and Andrew Malone, Ph.D. in glaciology and climatology at the University of Chicago, collaborated on a project in 2016 […]

Roundup: Greenland Earthquake, Mural Restoration, and Phytoplankton

26 June 2017, by

Greenland Earthquake Triggers Landslide-Induced Tsunami From Temblor: “Over the weekend, a M=4.1 earthquake on Greenland’s western coast caused a massive landslide, triggering a tsunami that inundated small settlements on the coast. At this stage, four people are feared to have died, nine others were injured, and 11 buildings were destroyed. Glacial earthquakes are a relatively new […]

Diane Burko’s New Exhibit, New Book, New Focus

7 June 2017, by

GlacierHub has featured the striking paintings and photographs of Diane Burko on several occasions (see here, here, here and here). A retrospective, Glacial Shifts, Changing Perspectives: Bearing Witness to Climate Change, presents her recent and current work. It is now on display at the Walton Arts Center in Fayetteville, Arkansas, where it will run through September 30, […]

Exploring Corporate Social Responsibility with KÜHL

25 May 2017, by

Corporate social responsibility holds corporations accountable for their social and environmental impacts. Recent debates over the legitimacy of corporate social responsibility encouraged GlacierHub to explore the issue further. Of late, GlacierHub learned of a corporate social responsibility initiative that involves glaciers in South America, and sought to learn more.

Listening to Glaciers Artfully

10 May 2017, by

Jonathan Gilmurray, the author of “Ecological Sound Art,” covers artists who have created works based on the sounds made by melting glaciers. Gilmurray argues that ecological sound art can be effective at motivating people to combat climate change. He also believes that it should be more fully appreciated on its own as a new art form.

Photo Friday: Glacier-Themed Parties

5 May 2017, by

Glacier themed parties have been around for a long time, and have gotten a boost from the hit Disney movie, Frozen. In Iceland last year, the first ever party inside a glacier was thrown in the Secret Solstice festival in Rejkavik Europe. The party was inside Langjökull glacier, the second largest glacier in Europe. In today’s Photo Friday, we’ll show you some ideas of parties you can plan as well.