Roundup: Raging Fires, Racing Bikes, Rushing Water

27 July 2015, by

Elite Team Battling Growing Wildfire in Glacier National Park As Tourists Flee “A wildfire in Montana’s Glacier National Park chased hundreds of people from their campgrounds and cabins in the middle of peak tourist season. A management team that responds only to the nation’s highest-priority fire took command Thursday night. More than 200 firefighters backed by […]

Alaska Mountain Glaciers Raise Global Sea Level

22 July 2015, by

Alaska’s impact on global sea level rise is becoming more pronounced. Its melting glaciers, particularly the minority mountain glaciers, will be a major driver of sea level change in the coming decades, according to a new study conducted by Chris Larsen, research associate professor at the University of Alaska Fairbanks, and his colleagues. With over […]

An image of a SCUBA diver swimming sideways under ice in Antarctica.

Would you SCUBA dive under Antarctica?

21 July 2015, by

The Antarctic Dive Guide by Lisa Eareckson Kelley tells you everything you need to know about visiting the 7th continent from an underwater perspective. According to the book, diving under ice first started over 100 years ago when divers still used heavy suits and brass helmets to stay dry, while getting their oxygen from ships on the surface. Today, […]

Khumbu Glacier, Everest

Melting Exhibit Brings Glaciers to London

14 July 2015, by

The Summer Science Exhibition’s “Vanishing Glaciers” exhibit, an interactive exhibit focusing on the science of observing and predicting glacial mass balance, hydrology, and dynamics, as well as the impact of climate change on vital water sources, concluded Sunday July 5, marking the end of the annual science festival. The Summer Science Exhibition, produced by the […]

Mt Rainier is "out" in Old Tacoma. Credit: Joe, Flickr

PhotoFriday: Is the Mountain Out?

10 July 2015, by

Every city has its slang. In Seattle, Washington, and throughout the Puget Sound region, the phrase “the mountain is out” is part of the everyday weather lexicon. Seattleites refer to “the mountain” and no one doubts which mountain is being discussed. Towering 14,410 feet above sea level, Mount Rainier is the most glaciated peak in the contiguous U.S and can […]

European Bank Says Mining Projects Don’t Damage Glaciers

8 July 2015, by

For years, the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development has been involved in the Kumtor mining project, which some experts say is contaminating ground and surface waters. Kyrgyz local communities have been complaining that the gold mine is causing negative environmental and social impacts on the nearby villages. Additionally, international NGOs and Kyrgyz environmentalists believe that the Canadian-operated Centerra […]

Glacier Lake Bursts in Bhutan

1 July 2015, by

On the morning of Sunday 28 June, an earthquake in India caused a Glacial Lake Outburst Flood in northern Bhutan.  Local residents alerted officials, who activated warning systems and ordered evacuations downstream. Rivers  rose to high levels, but no fatalities occurred. By Monday night, the rivers had begun to fall. The United States Geological Survey […]

A Dying Glacier, a Drought-Stricken Village, and a Good View

25 June 2015, by

In the course of researching my new book, “Fire and Ice: Soot, Solidarity and Survival on the Roof of the World”, I traveled to many communities living in the shadow of retreating snow and ice. I talked to Sherpa villagers who fear potential glacial lake outburst floods in Nepal’s Khumbu Valley, and with Naxi people […]

The Dancing Glacier

16 June 2015, by

The recent recession of the Qollqepunku glacier has ended an ancient ceremonial practice. Because of the rapid melting of the Qollqepunku glacier, and other glaciers in the region, the Ukuku have stopped taking glacial ice during the annual Qoyllurit’i festival and no longer light traditional candles on the glacier. Each indigenous community that attends the Qoyllurití festival designates individuals to play the important role of […]

Roundup: the Glacier Run, Models, and Georgia Glaciers

15 June 2015, by

The Glacier Run The 8th Glacier 3000 Run and Gstaad Kids Run will take place on Saturday, August 8, 2015. The racecourse passes through a beautiful alpine landscape offering both runners and spectators many spectacular views. Between the starting point on the Gstaad Promenade at 1’050 meters and the finish line at Glacier 3000 (2’950 […]

World’s First Rave Inside a Glacier

10 June 2015, by

In less than two weeks, seventy people will gather almost half a mile below Europe’s second largest glacier. There, they will dance to an electronic DJ set, and will be served drinks made with glacial vodka and glacial ice cubes. [slideshow_deploy id=’4684′] The Langjökull ice cave event, called ICERAVE, is part of the Secret Solstice 2015 festival […]

Glaciers Shape Lives in Upper Hunza

2 June 2015, by

Glacier and river dynamics shaped irrigation systems and land use practices in Pakistan since the late 1700’s, according to a new paper by Sitara Parveen and his colleagues. These systems and practices can still be observed hundreds of years later, but they face severe challenges from glacier retreat. Upper Hunza is located in the western Karakoram, Pakistan. […]