Round Up: Melting in Alaska, Biking Madness, Glacier Art

6 April 2015, by

Gulf of Alaska Experiencing Large Flushes of Glacial Melt Water “The collective freshwater discharge of this region is more than four times greater than the mighty Yukon River of Alaska and Canada, and half again as much as the Mississippi River. While scientists had indeed noticed this runoff, until now they had no idea the […]

Photo Friday: Tulips in the Wild

3 April 2015, by

Few people have had seen tulips grow in their original habitat even though they are a familiar presence in gardens and florist shops. Here is a great opportunity to discover the tulips that are native to some of the most remote places on earth. Mountains at high elevations, especially the area centering on the glacier-filled Pamirs and Tien […]

Pre-industrial Anthropocene Detected in Peru

31 March 2015, by

Humans may have begun to pollute the atmosphere earlier than we thought. So says recent research conducted at the Quelccaya Ice Cap in Peru, where scientists drilled into the ice to pull out cores, which they could read like ancient texts. Those cores show widespread traces of copper and lead starting in about A.D. 1540, which […]

Roundup: Film on Eco-trek, Black Carbon in Andes, Alpine Stonefly

30 March 2015, by

Pad Yatra: A Green Odyssey “Pad Yatra: A Green Odyssey is the adventure of 700 people trekking across the Himalayas with a call to save the planet’s “3rd Pole,” a glacial region now devastated by the climate chaos associated with global warming. Battling the most treacherous terrain on the planet, the trekkers spread their message of […]

Photo Friday: Jotunheimen National Park

27 March 2015, by

The Jotunheimen National Park in Norway is one of the dream destinations for hikers in Europe. It is home to spectacular natural scenery of mountains, waterfalls, rivers, lakes, glaciers and valleys.

Glacial Outburst Floods in Greenland Discharge Mercury

25 March 2015, by

Mercury contamination has long been a threat to animal carnivores and human residents in the Arctic. Mercury exports from river basins to the ocean form a significant component of the Arctic mercury cycle, and are consequently of importance in understanding and addressing this contamination.  Jens Søndergaard of the Arctic Research Centre of Aarhus University, Denmark […]

Glacier Meeting in Kathmandu

24 March 2015, by

Kathmandu, a Nepalese valley with a rich cultural and religious history, was the venue for the International Symposium on Glaciology in High-Mountain Asia early this month. From March 1 to 6, 240 scientists from 26 countries gathered there to further interdisciplinary understanding of the science of glaciers, snowpack, and permafrost in the high-mountain Asia region—the Himalayan, […]

Photo Friday: Alpine Photography by Fi Bunn

20 March 2015, by

Fiona Bunn, a landscape photographer and alpinist, has been traveling to the Alps for over 25 years. Her alpine photography work has been frequently shared on social media, including The Alpine Club as well as Zermatt Tourism. Her work was recently included in an exhibition for a second time at The Brick Lane Gallery in the Shoreditch district […]

Mummified Bodies Discovered in Mountain Glacier

18 March 2015, by

A mummified frozen body resurfaced from a glacier on the Pico de Orizaba volcano, the highest mountain in Mexico, on February 28, 2015. A week later, Mexican officials stated that climbers found a second mummified body. Both bodies were covered by snow and glacier ice, and appeared to be decades old. Rescuers suspected that another […]

Photo Friday: Salvatore Vitale

13 March 2015, by

Salvatore Vitale is an independent photographer from Switzerland who says he focuses on ” . . . the relationship between man’s identity and the influence he has on the construction of the space around him and vice versa.” Key entities within this space are the Swiss glaciers which Vitale has photographed in an ongoing project, titled “Topography of […]

New Route Up Mt. Everest

11 March 2015, by

Last year’s deadly avalanche on Mt. Everest in Nepal, which killed 16 Sherpas–mountaineering guides indigenous to the region–has led to new safety recommendations for both guides and tourists. The Nepalese authorities have ordered climbers to shift their path up the mountain, to avoid the route of last year’s disaster, according to Vice magazine. The new path […]

Photo Friday: Iceland’s Black Sand Beaches

6 March 2015, by

When a volcano erupts from underneath a glacier, pulses of meltwater deposit materials in outwash plains. The 1918 subglacial Katla volcano eruption in southern Iceland formed the Mýrdalssandur glacial outwash plain. This plain, which covers hundreds of square kilometers, includes a number of striking  black sand beaches, including a particularly well-known one in the town of Vík í Mýrdal. Here is […]