PhotoFriday: GlacierHub Writer Supports Nepal Recovery

15 May 2015, by

On April 25, 2015, a catastrophic earthquake rattled Nepal killing over 8000 people and leaving hundreds of thousands homeless. Areas of Nepal continue to remain unstable as a result of continuous landslides. According to the International Centre of Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD) in Kathmandu, five out of six critical landslides that blocked rivers since the […]

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 […]

Roundup: Western Canada, Supercooled Water and Seaweed

11 May 2015, by

Glacier Change: Dynamic Projections “Mountain glaciers around the world are in decay. According to a modelling study that — unusually — includes full ice flow physics, those in Western Canada will largely be restricted to the coastal region by the year 2100.” See more about this article here.   Supercooled Water near the Glacier Front  […]

Photo Friday: Visible Glacier Shrinking in Puncak Jaya

8 May 2015, by

Even though mountain peaks near the equator have supported glaciers for thousands of years, they have retreated significantly in the last century because of climate change. Many tropical glaciers have lost more than half of their volume with the rapid development of global industry. Puncak Jaya, the earth’s highest island peak in Indonesia, holds the […]

Photo Friday: Glacier Crevasses

1 May 2015, by

When glaciers retreat under rocky terrain, they form cracks which vary in width, depth and length. These cracks are called crevasses. A person who encounters a crevasse may appreciate nature’s beauty and form, or find the crevasse very frightening. Glacier climbers often explore crevasses along their way and scientists descend down a crevasse to study […]

Photo Friday: Kyrgyz Glaciers

24 April 2015, by

Kyrgyzstan, located in Central Asia, is a country with enormous glaciers. About 30% of the total land area in Kyrgyzstan is covered by permanent snow and 4% is covered by glaciers. The total amount of glaciers in Kyrgyzstan is equivalent to 580 billion cubic meters of water, which can cover the whole country to a […]

Glacier Retreat Brings New Islands

21 April 2015, by

In some parts of the world, new islands are forming due to glacier retreat. Glaciers, dynamically responding to the change in temperature and precipitation, reveal the big picture of climate variability and change. During the Little Ice Age (LIA) with cooler temperatures, glaciers around the world grew substantially, from approximately 1350 to 1850. It was […]

Image of green mountains and lake in Pyrenees

Photo of the Week: Forgotten Glaciers in the Pyrenees

17 April 2015, by

The Pyrenees, a mountain range between France and Spain, are home to some rarely written about, but strikingly beautiful glaciers. Glaciers in the Pyrenees receive less attention than their counterparts in places like Greenland, the Himalayas, and Switzerland, but like these more familiar ones, they are also very fragile, and very spectacular. Unfortunately,  because of their relatively low latitude and altitude, the […]

Could Temperate Rainforests Survive Global Warming?

15 April 2015, by

Nowadays, most of Europe’s temperate rainforests and the coast redwoods are disappearing as a result of over-harvesting. However, temperate rain-forests in Tongass and Great Bear (British Columbia) remain relatively intact. The Pacific Coastal Temperate Rainforest (PCTR) ecosystem stretches 4000 kilometers along coasts from northern California through Oregon, Washington and British Columbia to Alaska. Known for […]

Roundup: Yaks, Snow Algae, and Slime Molds

13 April 2015, by

How do wild yaks respond to glacier melt and past exploitation? “To explore how mammals of extreme elevation respond to glacial recession and past harvest, we combined our fieldwork with remote sensing and used analyses of ~60 expeditions from 1850–1925 to represent baseline conditions for wildlife before heavy exploitation on the Tibetan Plateau. Focusing on […]

Photo of the Week: Glaciers and Clouds

11 April 2015, by

Clouds can be formed when air masses travel up mountains and the water in them condenses. Therefore, since glaciers are usually located on the tops of mountains, the pristine visual of a cloud nestled with a glacier is not an unusual site. Dirty clouds  can affect the health and longevity of glaciers. However, let’s ignore that reality […]