Ice tongues are oddball characters of the cryosphere. At 43-miles long and up to 15 miles wide, Antarctica’s Drygalski Ice Tongue is the world’s largest. Despite facing the constant threat of licking by belligerent icebergs, it has managed to hang on for some 4,000 years.
On a quest to take a single photograph that represents humans’ relationship with nature, landscape photographer and conservationalist Chris Burkard searches New Zealand’s Tasman Glacier for the right shot––and finds it. But it’s not about the image, its about Burkard’s message.
Last month a team of researchers discovered new viruses within ice cores extracted from the Guliya ice cap in the northwestern part of the Tibetan Plateau. As the warming climate causes glaciers to melt, the re-emergence of ancient bacteria and viruses threaten present day species lacking immunity to these pathogens.
Last week the endurance swimmer and environmental diplomat swam one kilometer across one of the more than 65,000 meltwater lakes that pock the East Antarctic Ice Sheet to generate support for marine protected areas in the Southern Ocean.
Glacier Hugging becomes the new tree hugging. A climate scientist recently posted an image of himself hugging a glacier to his personal Twitter feed. The delightful photo was taken at Portage Glacier in Chugach National Forest in Alaska.
Dispatches from the Cryosphere: Intimate Encounters with the Intricate and Disappearing Ice of Everest Base Camp25 July 2019, by Chris Dunn
Social scientist and GlacierHub contributor Chris Dunn reflects on three months of research in the Himalayas of Nepal, where he ascended peaks, conducted interviews, and collected high-altitude black carbon samples.
Glaciers shaped the Greater New York landscape, then industry exploited the glacial depositions to build New York City. Now a local non-profit is reclaiming the spoiled land for the community and honoring glaciers in the process.
Glacier researcher Kate Cullen spent the early months of 2019 visiting the glaciated landscapes of Antarctica and Chile, where an observer can find beauty as well as signs of a cryosphere in crisis.