British online publication SPORTbible posted a video on their twitter handle this week profiling the mad “Mountain of Hell” bike race—a yearly competition where hundreds of mountain bikers careen 8200 feet down a glacier at Les Deux Alpes ski resort in France.
Roundup: Slovenian Glaciers, The Imminent Collapse of a Mont Blanc Glacier, and Mosses Provide Details of Ice Man’s Final Journey11 November 2019, by Peter Deneen
In this week’s Roundup, read about freshwater issues involving Slovenia’s two melting glaciers, a glacier on the verge of collapse in the Italian Alps, and what mosses on a neolithic ice man teach us about his final journey.
Scientists from the Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory travel the world each year for the purposes of their research. An exhibition displaying their photographs provides a glimpse into a fragile world that few get the opportunity to see.
A half second blip in the newly released animated kids film “Abominable,” was all it took to aggravate a decades-old geopolitical controversy in Southeast Asia in October. The film—about a lovable yeti and his child companions’ journey to the Himalayas—has been banned in Vietnam and Malaysia, and boycotted in the Philippines.
In Grand Teton National Park, two groups of researchers are investigating glaciers from different, but complimentary perspectives. National Park Service scientists are tracking glacial melt on five of the park’s eleven glaciers while Washington State University biologist, Scott Hotaling, examines the effects of glacial meltwater on the microbiota downstream.
In this week’s Roundup, read about the discovery of five new islands in the Arctic, ICIMOD’s search for a director general, and the World Monuments Fund’s 2020 Watch List.
The European Space Agency (ESA) released a video this past week showing the evolution of two very large and disconcerting cracks in Antarctica’s Pine Island Glacier. They have each grown to 20km in length and could shear off a hunk of ice the size of Paris and Manhattan combined.
In this week’s GlacierHub Roundup, read about Greta Thunberg’s visit to Canada’s Athabasca Glacier, India’s tourism push on the Siachen Glacier, and Canada Goose’s new line of glacier-themed coats and parkas.
Chile’s geology and mining agency has issued a level-orange alert for the complex of snow-capped stratovolcanoes, indicating a significant uptick in volcanic activity.
Companies from Sierra Mist and Evian to Iceland Glacier and Gatorade seek to tie their brands to the sublime experience of visiting a glacier landscape or being subsumed by the environment of the high mountains and polar regions.
Pollen trapped within Bolivia’s Illimani Glacier reveals that large scale ecological change did not occur until around 1740, long after the fall of the ancient Incan Empire, suggesting that the Inca practiced sustainable land management techniques unlike their European successors.
In this week’s GlacierHub Roundup, read about a visit to Pakistan’s glaciers by Prince William, the latest on the Trump administration’s plan for expanded logging in Alaska’s Tongass National Forest, and new satellite images showing cracks in the Pine Island Glacier in Antarctica.