In wake of Everest deaths, many groups push for reform

16 September 2014, by

A major workshop late last month represents a significant change in the debates about climbing expeditions on Mount Everest, with significance across the Himalayas and beyond. The “Participatory Workshop on Roles, Responsibilities & Rights of Mountaineering Workers,” held on 29 and 30 August in Kathmandu, emerged from the unsettled outcome of the tragic accident of […]

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When glaciers appeared in a galaxy far, far away

4 September 2014, by

Rabid Star Wars and glaciologists share at least one thing in common. They both know about the Hardangerjøkulen Glacier in Norway, where scenes set snow planet of Hoth were shot for The Empire Strikes Back. The possibility of returning to Hoth in the new Star Wars movie has been circulating the Internet rumor mill for […]

Flooded with memories in Nepal

3 September 2014, by

I was born and raised in Kathmandu but Monzo has always been the place I call home. Monzo is where my paternal grandmother spent all of her life tending our fields and looking after our ancestral home. Monzo is also the place where my father was born and raised until he left for Kathmandu to […]

Photo Friday: Glaciers for all seasons in Patagonia

29 August 2014, by

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

26 August 2014, by

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 […]

Iceland earthquakes continue, evacuations begin

20 August 2014, by

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 […]

Photo Friday: Highland communities in Ancash, Peru

15 August 2014, by

Anthropologist Kate Dunbar wrote her dissertation on highland communities in Peru’s Ancash region. The glaciers in this area are important sources of drinking and irrigation water for these villages as well as myriad downstream users. Photo Friday highlights photo essays and collections from areas with glaciers. If you have photos you’d like to share, let us know in the […]

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

13 August 2014, by

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 […]

Photo Friday: Life on Nepal’s Annapurna Circuit

1 August 2014, by

Photographer Dietmar Temps traveled to Nepal’s Annapurna Circuit in 2009, which winds its way through the range in the Himalayas in the north-central section of the country. The entire trek takes nearly three weeks to complete. See more of Temps’ pictures in his Flickr gallery. Photo Friday highlights photo essays and collections from areas with glaciers. […]

Photo Friday: Life as a Chilean cowboy in the Andes

25 July 2014, by

Photographer Peter Haden traveled to Chile in 2007 and shot a photo essay of Leo, a huaso who lives in the Andes. For more photos, visit Haden’s Flickr page. Photo Friday highlights photo essays and collections from areas with glaciers. If you have photos you’d like to share, let us know in the comments, by […]

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In Kyrgyzstan, not all glacier lakes are monitored equally

24 July 2014, by

As the temperature rises and glacial lakes grow, the Kyrgyzstan government is monitoring some glaciers while neglecting others. Kyrgyzstani officials are closely studying the 18 growing glacial lakes on the Adygene Glacier to predict glacial hazards. Since these glacial lakes are located above Kyrgyzstan’s capital, Bishkek, glacial lake outburst floods could potentially flood the valley, […]

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In Chile, glaciers and dams become political footballs

15 July 2014, by

Glaciers, an unlikely political player in Latin America, had a major part to play in one of the most striking victories for the environmental movement in South America. Last month, a committee of ministers in Chile voted to cancel the permit of the massive HidroAysen project located in southern Chile that had sought to construct […]