Mount St. Helens' crater glacier

Roundup: Volcanic glaciers, Egypt, and Air Force recovery

6 July 2015, by

Mount St. Helens, still steaming, holds the world’s newest glacier “‘Few people realize,’ says Ray Yurkewycz, operations director for the nonprofit Mount St. Helens Institute), ‘that the hollowed-out crater where lava was flowing just a few years ago now holds the world’s youngest glacier. And if that’s not surprising enough, the prosaically named Crater Glacier […]

Glacier Lake Bursts in Bhutan

1 July 2015, by

On the morning of Sunday 28 June, an earthquake in India caused a Glacial Lake Outburst Flood in northern Bhutan.  Local residents alerted officials, who activated warning systems and ordered evacuations downstream. Rivers  rose to high levels, but no fatalities occurred. By Monday night, the rivers had begun to fall. The United States Geological Survey […]

image of wind blowing over the top of a glacier.

Do Windy Glaciers Melt Faster?

30 June 2015, by

The relationship between surface winds and glacial melt is more complex than previously thought, according to an article in the journal, Boundary-Layer Meteorology, which used new data collecting techniques. The report by Maxime Litt, Jean-Emmanuel Sicart, and Patrick Wagnon, with the Université Grenoble Alpes, France, and, Warren D. Helgason at the University of Saskatchewan, Canada, […]

Gold Bay, South Georgia (Credit: Jonathan E. Shaw, Flickr)

Roundup: Fish in Patagonia, Film in Kashmir & Glacial Georgia

29 June 2015, by

One Fish, Two Fish: Black Southern Cod maintain a more diverse diet when near glacier meltwater areas “The black southern cod, Patagonotothen tessellata, is the most important notothenioid fish species in terms of abundance in southern Chilean Patagonia. However, studies on its trophic ecology are scarce. [This study assessed] the spatial variation in the diet of […]

Muztagh Ata

Roundup: Snowmaking Guns, Antarctic Ice, and Black Carbon

22 June 2015, by

Ski Resort’s New Snowmaking Guns  Describing a major ski resort in British Columbia, Canada: “De Jong says that after commercial operations end in July, four snowmaking guns and other infrastructure will be installed. It is expected to be used beginning in October. ‘If the pilot project is conclusive, this unique project will become a significant […]

Will the Pope Mention Glaciers in His Encyclical?

17 June 2015, by

As people around the world await the release of a new encyclical on climate change by Pope Francis, we at GlacierHub are eager to see how glaciers are featured in this document. The great moral weight of the pope could lend considerable support to efforts to address climate change. Will the encyclical also draw on […]

Roundup: the Glacier Run, Models, and Georgia Glaciers

15 June 2015, by

The Glacier Run The 8th Glacier 3000 Run and Gstaad Kids Run will take place on Saturday, August 8, 2015. The racecourse passes through a beautiful alpine landscape offering both runners and spectators many spectacular views. Between the starting point on the Gstaad Promenade at 1’050 meters and the finish line at Glacier 3000 (2’950 […]

PhotoFriday: Kali Moves Into New Home

12 June 2015, by

McDonnell Polar Bear Point of the Saint Louis Zoo welcomed its first occupant – Kali on May 5, 2015. Kali is a two and half year-old, 850-pound orphaned male polar bear. He was turned over to US Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) after his mother was killed by an Alaska Native hunter. His new home […]

World’s First Rave Inside a Glacier

10 June 2015, by

In less than two weeks, seventy people will gather almost half a mile below Europe’s second largest glacier. There, they will dance to an electronic DJ set, and will be served drinks made with glacial vodka and glacial ice cubes. [slideshow_deploy id=’4684′] The Langjökull ice cave event, called ICERAVE, is part of the Secret Solstice 2015 festival […]

Glacial Runoff: Bane or Boon for Aquatic Life?

9 June 2015, by

As glaciers melt around the world, their waters carry high concentrations of sediments into glacial lakes and rivers. That glacial sediment brings some nutrients into the lakes, but also blocks sunlight– the energy source which organisms need to survive. In a recently published paper in The Journal of Plankton Research, titled When glaciers and ice sheets melt: […]

New Cyanotoxins Surface in Polar Region

3 June 2015, by

Death by cyanobacteria-made microtoxins is not pleasant. The toxins damage the nervous system, especially anatoxin-a, also known as a Very Fast Death Factor. As the global temperature increases, concerns about the range of these toxins are growing. For the first time, anatoxin-a has been found as far north as the polar regions, according to a […]

Roundup: Bubbling Ice, Black Carbon, and Glacial Advance

1 June 2015, by

The sound of glaciers A new article in the scientific journal Geophysical Research Letters, titled Unusually loud ambient noise in tidewater glacier fjords: A signal of ice melt, tracks glacial melt by recording the sounds of the glaciers bubbling underwater in glacial bays. Check out videos of the unique sounds below, and read the article here.   […]