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, […]

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 […]

Cracked: Life as a Musher on Alaskan Glaciers

11 June 2015, by

Blair Braverman had a tough job. For two years, between May and September she lived on a glacier the size of Rhode Island where her role was to give tourists the perfect Alaskan experience. But beneath the facade, life was a challenge. “Nothing was meant to live on the glacier, and the longer I stayed […]

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 […]

Picture Man: An American Legacy

14 May 2015, by

In the early 1970s, Carol Diereck invited the Powell family over for dinner. The invitation wasn’t purely a friendly meal. Carol had uncovered something in the attic of the house she was inhabiting in Yakutat, a town in southeast Alaska. Carol led her friends to the attic, where a shattered scene awaited them. Glass plates littered the floor, […]

Melting Glaciers, Changing Careers

13 May 2015, by

Climate change is making the work of glaciologists complicated. Scientists that study paleoclimatology of the Earth have come to the realization that melting ice and receding glaciers are getting in the way of their fieldwork. “Time no longer starts at the surface,” said Lonnie Thompson, a paleoclimatologist at the Byrd Polar Research Center at the […]

Super-Jeeping: Immersive Learning or Disturbing Nature?

12 May 2015, by

Icelandic glaciers and volcanic landscapes have long been considered important ecotourism and educational locales. As these landscapes change dramatically with the melting of glaciers, seeing what is left of the glaciers becomes increasingly urgent. I experienced a super jeep adventure in South Iceland during a spring break study program in March 2014. This activity was […]

Pad Yatra: A Himalayan Journey

23 April 2015, by

Environmental degradation and a rapidly changing climate have left populations in the Himalayas vulnerable. Cloudbursts and mudslides have destroyed villages while growing levels of plastic wastes and other kinds of trash pollute rivers, harming the people who drink from them. In a journey as spiritual as it was physical, 700 voyagers trekked through the land of 15,000 […]

Heart Shaped Opening of the Pure Imagination Cave Mt. Hood OR

Ice Cave Collapses On Mt. Hood

7 April 2015, by

In the warmest winter on record the roof of a highly popular ice cave on Mt. Hood, Oregon fell in. The Snow Dragon ice cave at the bottom of the Sandy Glacier on Mt. Hood was first publicly documented in 2011 by Brent McGregor and Eddy Cartaya– we covered their experience documenting the Sandy Glacier last October. […]