Photo Friday: Piecing Together an Adventure During Quarantine

15 May 2020, by

If you are going stir crazy at home as quarantine continues and are looking for a way to escape reality, try solving a jigsaw puzzle that takes you on a journey to the top of an ice-capped mountain. Actually, solving jigsaw puzzles does provide a metaphorical escape from the times in life when we we’ve seemingly lost all control. They have been proven to boost mental health by offering psychological order to the chaos we feel around us.

Photo Friday: The 2020 Greenland Melt Season is Underway

8 May 2020, by

The National Snow and Ice Data Center resumed daily monitoring of the 2020 Greenland melt season. The interactive chart, which is updated daily, provides a contextual look at ongoing melt across the ice sheet and its outlet glaciers.

Video of the Week: Quechua Artist Raps in Mountain Landscape

6 May 2020, by

Bouncing Latin trap beats mix with the whistling sound of the quena, a Peruvian wind instrument of the Andes, in rapper-singer Renata Flores’ latest music video “Qam hina,” released this past fall.

Photo Friday: Ecuadorian Photographer Highlights Country’s Glaciers

1 May 2020, by

Nature photographer David Villacrés often features the Ecuadorian Andes in his work. Glaciers atop mountains and volcanoes in the Andes are beginning to shrink, reducing the water supply for neighboring communities. Check out Villacrés’ Twitter feed for a glimpse into Ecuador’s natural environment.

Video of the Week: Measuring Mass Balance on an Austrian Glacier

29 April 2020, by

Glacier mass balance is an indicator of a glacier’s overall health. In this week’s Video of the Week researchers document the process of recording the mass balance of Multwitzkees glacier in the Austrian Alps.

Fogo Island’s Icebergs

28 April 2020, by

Bonnie McCay was on her brief annual stay at her Newfoundland home in early March when coronavirus shut the world down. After spring arrived in the Northern Hemisphere, the sea ice melted and it wasn’t long before icebergs began showing up off Fogo Island.

Photo Friday: Outlet Glaciers of Greenland

17 April 2020, by

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.

Photo Friday: Coronavirus Shutdown Brings Clean Air, Clear Mountain Views

10 April 2020, by

Stay home orders worldwide have slowed the thrum of human activity. Water is clearer, air is cleaner, and even seismic activity is more detectable. Some glacier communities are seeing their mountains through visibility not experienced in decades.

Photo Friday: Chilean Volcanoes at Yellow Alert

3 April 2020, by

A couple of glacier-covered volcanoes in Chile, Nevados de Chillán and Villarrica are at yellow alert. The two volcanoes pose imminent threats to the communities living in their shadows.

Photo Friday: Travel and Trade Fair Promotes Mountain Communities

27 March 2020, by

The Kailash Confluence was a travel and trade fair hosted in the Humla District in Nepal. The event was designed to encourage the preservation of the shared culture of Humla and Pulan County in TAR, China. The photo book of the event highlights religious traditions and the trade of local products.

Photo Friday: The Drygalski Ice Tongue

20 March 2020, by

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.

Photo Friday: Piedmont Glacier ‘Like Cold Honey’

13 March 2020, by

Operation IceBridge may have ended, but nostalgia for personal images from the missions, like that of glaciologist Mike MacFerrin, keep it alive. His photo of a piedmont glacier in northeast Greenland reminds us of the fluid nature of ice.