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 […]

Will Chile Get Its Five-Star Glacier Law?

12 March 2015, by

Chilean authorities and legislators agreed last week to a new framework for a law to protect thousands of melting glaciers in the towering Andes. The new proposal would safeguard glaciers inside of Chile’s national parks, but it’s not clear what protections would be offered to those glaciers that lie near some of the country’s major […]

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 […]

An image of Bylot Island Glacier with a huge moraine

Glacial Moraines Influence New Techniques in Micro Biomedicine

10 March 2015, by

A recent piece of biomedical research has drawn extensively from an unexpected source, glacial moraines. Moraines form as glaciers advance across landscapes over hundreds or even thousands of years, pushing rocks and boulders along their way. If you can imagine the pile of snow that accumulates in front of a sled as it rushes down towards the […]

Roundup: Calving, ‘Record grooves’ and Story Maps

9 March 2015, by

Calved Greenland Iceberg  “Iceberg calving is ultimately related to the mechanical failure of ice. However, predicting mass loss from calving events remains challenging because calving takes on diferent forms under different conditions. For example, large tabular icebergs sporadically detach from freely foating ice tongues with many years of quiescence between major calving events” Read more […]

Eruption in Glacier-covered Volcano in Chile

6 March 2015, by

One of South America’s most active volcanoes, Villarrica, erupted Tuesday, 3 March 2015,  around 3 a.m. local time in Chile, creating a danger that lava would interact with the large ice cap on the mountain. The volcano spewed a lava fountain 1.5 kilometers into the air, and the pillar of smoke and ash reached 6-8 […]

Girls Breaking Ground on Ice

4 March 2015, by

As a student, I had no idea that I ever wanted to study anything related to science- much less the “hard” sciences. Often, I was pointed in the direction of social science because of my writing ability and creativity. Although my high school days weren’t long ago, this experience is common among young women due […]

Freed of Ice, Iceland Rises

3 March 2015, by

Iceland is, in fact, a land of ice. It is home to at least 269 glaciers, which occupy the equivalent of over 1.4 billion Olympic swimming pools. But those glaciers are melting, causing the land underneath to rise as the weight of the ice lifts. According to a new study published online in Geophysical Research Letters […]

Roundup: Nepal Symposium, Microrefugia, Climate Change

2 March 2015, by

Symposium on Glaciology in High-Mountain Asia (1 – 6 March, 2015) “The high mountains of Asia are estimated to contain one of the greatest concentrations of glacier ice outside the polar regions, and are the headwaters of rivers which support agriculture and livelihoods of over one billion people. Changes in snow, ice, and permafrost due […]

Mining a Norwegian Glacier for Luxury Ice Cubes

26 February 2015, by

The World’s Most Wanted Ice Cube: that’s the tagline a Norwegian company is using to market ice cubes carved out of a melting ten-thousand-year-old Norwegian glacier. It plans to sell them to owners of upscale bars in Dubai, London and New York. After all, if you are sipping a $50 7-star cocktail served in a glass […]

Four Centuries of Glacier Art

24 February 2015, by

  Now on view at the McMichael Canadian Art Collection in Kleinburg, Ontario, the exhibition “Vanishing Ice: Alpine and Polar Landscapes in Art, 1775-2012” explores the aesthetic and cultural significance of glaciers for Western art over the past 400 years. The exhibit aims to inspire audiences to take action to protect the world’s glaciers as […]

Round-Up: Melt Music, An Artist’s View, and Eruptions

23 February 2015, by

 Salvatore Vitale’s Glacier Art  “This is the beginning of a project that aims to explore the powerful nature of a living creature in constant evolution. I want to show how such a powerful creature can be so fragile. In those pictures you can see their magnificence, but at the same time all their fragility.” See […]