Scientists Find Nitrogen Ice Glaciers on Pluto

13 August 2015, by

Newly released close-up photographs from NASA’s New Horizons mission show evidence of exotic ice flow across dwarf-planet Pluto’s surface, indicating that Earth may not be the only planet with glacier-like geology. New Horizon’s Long-Range Reconnaissance Imager (LORRI) shows close-up photos of a sheet of ice that appears to have glided across Pluto’s surface in similar manner […]

Glacier Mountain

Photo Friday: Through the Lens of a Tajikistani Glaciologist

7 August 2015, by

Earth scientists and glaciologists often have the opportunity to explore and witness Earth’s glaciers and geological landscapes through fieldwork. This Tajikistani glaciologist, Dr. Farshed Karimov, a professor at the National University of Tajikistan, recently published a presentation on glacial dynamic modelling. In it, he included stunning photos from his travels, mainly of the Pamir Mountains, […]

Photo Friday: Alaska Glaciers in Old Pictures

31 July 2015, by

This week’s Photo Friday features a special treasure: the historic pictures of Alaska glaciers. The images were selected from the special collection of Alaskan glacier surveys led by William O. Field during International Geophysical Year (IGY), 1957-1958. These photos include Alaska glaciers like Columbia Glacier, Worthington Glacier, Grand Pacific Glacier, Northland Glacier, Lawrence Glacier, Ripon Glacier, and Yale Glacier, which are […]

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 […]

PhotoFriday: When I am Laid in Earth

24 July 2015, by

The Lewis Glacier on Mount Kenya is one of the most surveyed tropical glaciers on Earth, and has been monitored and mapped regularly since 1934. In 2010, scientists found that the Lewis had shrunk by 23 percent in just the previous six years. The New York Times reports, “Our glaciers, we’re told, are disappearing freakishly fast, but fast for […]

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 […]

Plutos Icy Mountains

Glaciers on other planets?

17 July 2015, by

In light of Pluto’s newest photos from the New Horizons spacecraft mission, this Photo Friday showcases photos of the surprisingly snowy and mountainous geology of planetary bodies. While not quite glacial, check out these photos of dwarf planet Pluto’s icy mountains and the snow-capped poles of Mars below. [slideshow_deploy id=’5384′] Our understanding of the composition and processes of glaciers on […]

Mt Rainier is "out" in Old Tacoma. Credit: Joe, Flickr

PhotoFriday: Is the Mountain Out?

10 July 2015, by

Every city has its slang. In Seattle, Washington, and throughout the Puget Sound region, the phrase “the mountain is out” is part of the everyday weather lexicon. Seattleites refer to “the mountain” and no one doubts which mountain is being discussed. Towering 14,410 feet above sea level, Mount Rainier is the most glaciated peak in the contiguous U.S and can […]

GlacierHub is One Year Old Today!

7 July 2015, by

GlacierHub was founded by Benjamin Orlove, an anthropologist at the Earth Institute and CRED of Columbia University, on July 7th, 2014. Our mission is to expand and deepen the understanding of glaciers. We seek to raise awareness of glacier recession by providing scientific facts and real-life stories. We engage actively with people including artists, glacier […]

Blood Falls

Photo Friday: The Science Behind Blood Falls’ Unusual Coloring

3 July 2015, by

This Photo Friday, enjoy stunning photos of Blood Falls – an unusual glacial tongue off of Taylor Glacier in East Antarctica. Far from the typical, pristinely white colors of glaciers, Blood Falls sports a trickling red tongue, sometimes invoking its namesake in blood red, other times in a fainter, more subtle burnt orange. Check out the […]

An Alaska Army National Guard helicopter drops approximately 700 gallons of water on to the Stetson Creek Fire near Cooper Landing, Alaska, June 17.

PhotoFriday: Wildfires Rage in Alaska

26 June 2015, by

Unseasonable heat in Alaska combined with winds and low humidity have triggered major wildfire outbreaks in the Northern state. According to a status report from the Alaska Interagency Coordination Center, as of Wednesday, June 24, there were 278 active wildland fires state-wide. The Healy Lake Fires grew to 10,000 acres earlier this month, doubling in less than […]

Thule Glacier, Greenland

PhotoFriday: NASA Views Greenland Glaciers From Above

19 June 2015, by

NASA’s Operation IceBridge is finishing up its seventh annual campaign surveying Arctic ice levels. The operation has run biannual polar expeditions, one to the Arctic and the other to the Antarctic, each year since its formation in 2009. This year’s spring survey of the Arctic wrapped up on May 22. While Operation IceBridge uses advanced remote […]