An analysis of debris-covered glaciers in the Caucasus found an increase of supra-glacial debris on all of the nearly 700 glaciers examined. Those with debris melted slower, suggesting debris may partially offset glacier mass loss.
Each August a team of earth scientists and polar engineers make a routine maintenance trip to Greenland to keep a network of sensors functioning in one of the planet’s most inhospitable climates. They took photos along the way, we shared them.
Environmental soundscapes provide information across a varied range of phenomena, but glaciers represent a relatively new soundscape frontier. A new paper presents the first evidence of unexplained acoustic phenomena being generated by water drainage through a crevasse on Bowdoin Glacier in Greenland.
A recent study using autonomous kayaks found evidence that ambient submarine melting beneath the tongue of Alaska’s LeConte Glacier has been underestimated by a factor of up to 100. The finding opens the door for further research into a previously minimized factor in glacier melt.
The effects of the coronavirus pandemic are limitless, reaching even the most remote corners of the Earth, including the Everest region, where the virus is inflicting cascading impacts upon mountain tourism and local well-being.
This video is filmed in the Callejon de Huaylas, located at the foot of the Cordillera Blanca in the north central highlands of Peru, and features a song about coronavirus that is performed in the region’s native Quechua language. The song emphasizes instructions for people to wash their hands and not to ignore advice with “the ears of a pig.”
Social distancing compliance is being measured by mobile phone GPS data. We looked at ten US states and discuss the vulnerability of glacier communities and factors affecting their ability to adapt to social distancing requirements.
To celebrate Women’s History Month, we selected five of our favorite stories about women in the cryosphere: a Japanese woman who was the first woman to summit Mount Everest, a Qashqai activist who lost her life when Iran downed a Ukrainian Airliner earlier this year, an all-female Andean climbing team, a glacier-based educational program for young women, and AGU President and polar scientist Robin Bell.
Roundup: COVID-19 Glacier Regions Update, Some US National Parks Close, Mines in the Peruvian Andes, and 2020 Research Put On Ice23 March 2020, by Peter Deneen
In this week’s Roundup we updated coverage of glacier regions affected by COVID-19, noted the mutually opposed status of US national parks, highlighted the closure of mines in the Peruvian Andes, and reported on the impact to 2020 cryosphere field research.
Glaciers of New Zealand’s Southern Alps have been losing ice volume since 1978, with an increasing rate in the last decade, resulting in a 400% expansion in the size of the glacial lakes fed by their meltwater.
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.