Norwegian Ice Tunnels Address Climate and Mythology

22 October 2015, by

At the heart of the Juvflye plateau in Norway, icy tunnels are carved in the Juvfonne snowdrift. The tunnels attract tourists, who are there to learn about climate change, Norse mythology, history and nature as part of the Mimisbrunnr Climate Park. The park was named after the well of knowledge in Norse Mythology. According to the myth, Odin, father […]

Photo Friday: Exploring Imja Tsho in Nepal

16 October 2015, by

Check out photos of Imja Tsho (or Imja Lake), a glacial lake created by the accumulation of meltwater at the foot of the Imja Glacier in the Himalayas in Nepal. The meltwater, located at the toe of both the Imja and Lhotse Shar glaciers, is held in place by a terminal moraine. Enjoy the landscape […]

Photo Friday: Iceland through Instagram

25 September 2015, by

This week, Fulbright scholar and researcher M Jackson shares a glimpse of her work and travel in Höfn, Iceland, which she deems “cryosphere paradise,” as captured through Instagram. [slideshow_deploy id=’6291′] M Jackson is a U.S. Ph.D. candidate at the University of Oregon. She’s currently based in Höfn, Iceland, through a U.S. Fulbright-National Science Foundation Arctic Research […]

Roundup: Glacial melting, biking, and touring

7 September 2015, by

  Shrinking Glacier Is Backdrop to Obama’s Message on Climate Change “President Barack Obama hiked to a shrinking glacier Tuesday, traveling to this icy expanse to deliver a visual message to the country: This is what climate change looks like. Mr. Obama spent the day in the Kenai Mountains, exploring Exit Glacier, which has retreated as […]


Photo Friday: Images from an Andean Expedition

4 September 2015, by

Gustavo Valdivia, an anthropology PhD student at Johns Hopkins University, as well as a former contributor to GlacierHub, went on an expedition to Quelccaya Glacier in the Peruvian Andes this summer, led by the prominent glaciologist Lonnie Thompson. In a recent email to GlacierHub, he wrote, “In these photos, I try to document the way that […]

Photo Friday: The Snow Star Festival

28 August 2015, by

In the Peruvian Andes, tens of thousands of pilgrims climb to the Sinakara valley to participate in an annual, multiple day celebration – Qoyllur Rit’i, or the Snow Star Festival. Held under a waning moon, the festivities are surrounded by the looming glaciers of Mount Qullqip’unqu. The Catholic festival celebrates not only Jesus, but also the mountain gods […]

Meru – The Story of The Impossible

25 August 2015, by

A spine-chilling documentary of three climbers, Conrad Anker, Jimmy Chin and Renan Ozturk, premiered in New York last week. It shows how they maintained a fine balance between insanity and persistence as they filmed their climb of the Shark’s Fin on Mount Meru.  It is grim trying to understand the drive it took to attempt […]

Melting Glaciers Inspire Artists

19 August 2015, by

Artists have witnessed, documented, and represented glaciers with performances, photographs, movies, and various forms of art. Recently, the glaciers have come to embody multitudes of social connotations, including as indicators of the most tangible manifestation of anthropogenic climate change, according to M Jackson at Department of Geography, University of Oregon, in her paper Glacier and […]

Perishing On The Peak

12 August 2015, by

On a journey to Kullu Valley in northern India, David Nixon witnessed death of a fellow traveller. As an honorary research fellow at University of Exeter, Nixon published an article, seeking to explore the theological meaning behind this unanticipated tragedy. It began on a trek towards the Pir Panajal region, an extremely remote mountainous area. […]

Image of the PDO index.

El Niño is Melting Glaciers, Flooding California

11 August 2015, by

Recent research has suggested an increasingly important role between the pacific decadal oscillation (PDO) and the El Niño Southern Oscillation (ENSO) on natural phenomena around the globe, including glacial melt variability. These relationships are particularly strong when the PDO and ENSO are in-phase, as they are now. One study by Bijeesh Kozhikkodan Veettilab, Nilceia Bianchinic, […]

An image of a rock that has been painted to read "Pack It In Pack It Out"

Mountains Turning into Frozen Human-waste Lands

29 July 2015, by

Dealing with tourists’ waste is always a problem; they usually have a lot of disposable goods and aren’t necessarily invested in the area they’re visiting. The problem doesn’t start and stop with trash, however. Where to put tourists’ natural waste is an important matter for local governments and planners. This issue becomes especially important in […]

Looking at Turkish Glaciers through Satellites

28 July 2015, by

More than half of the ice cover in Turkey has vanished since the 1970s, a mountainous country with an average elevation of 1,132 meters above sea level. Half of Turkey is covered by mountains and hills. Glaciers now exist on three volcanoes, in the high peaks in the Southeastern and Middle Taurus Mountains, and in […]