Video of the Week: Hellish Bike Race Down French Alpine Glacier

13 November 2019, by

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 Journey

11 November 2019, by

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.

Photo Friday: “Antarctica” – An Exhibit Showcasing Lamont Scientists’ Photos from the Field

8 November 2019, by

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.

Snow and Glacier Themed Animated Film ‘Abominable’ Fuels Geopolitical Controversy

7 November 2019, by

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.

New Studies Trace Glacier Dynamics in the Grand Tetons

5 November 2019, by

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.

Roundup: Glacier Melt Reveals New Islands, ICIMOD Job Search, and New Monuments

4 November 2019, by

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.

Huge Cracks in Antarctic Glacier Foreshadow Epic Calving Event

30 October 2019, by

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.

Roundup: Greta’s Glacier Visit, the World’s Highest Battlefield, and Glacier Fashion

28 October 2019, by

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.

Photo Friday: Nevados de Chillán at Risk of Volcanic Eruption

25 October 2019, by

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.

The Enduring Allure of Glaciers Among Popular Beverage Companies

24 October 2019, by

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.

Glacial Ice Core Samples Reveal Sustainable Land-Use Practices in the Ancient Incan Empire

22 October 2019, by

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.

Roundup: British Royals in Pakistan, Trump’s Logging Plan, and Cracks in Pine Island Glacier

21 October 2019, by

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.