Roundup: Volcano Drones, Space Glaciers and an Actor’s Fall

27 October 2014, by

Close-Up Drone Video of an Erupting Volcano Melts Face off GoPro Camera in Iceland Director of aerial imaging for drone maker DJI, Eric Cheng, and nature photographer Ragnar Th. Sigurdsson were able to fly a Quadcopter mounted GoPro camera into an active eruption in the Bardarbunga volcanic system, Iceland. Read the full story here. For more of […]

India PM Modi Visits World’s Highest Battleground

26 October 2014, by

On October 23, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi visited the Siachen Glacier lauding the Indian soldiers based there. Modi tweeted “From the icy heights of the Siachen Glacier and with the brave jawans and officers of the armed forces, I wish all of you a happy Diwali.” Sharing sweets with our Jawans at Siachen. pic.twitter.com/ebHWkRwe3e — […]

Photo Friday: Married on an Alaskan Glacier

24 October 2014, by

Photographer Josh Martinez took wedding pictures for a brave and adventurous couple with glaciers and pools of icy blue water in the background. For the shoot, they took a helicopter to Alaska’s Knik Glaciers, which is one of the largest in Southcentral Alaska. The wedding photos with ice, silt and glaciers give the photos dreamy and surreal […]

Glaciers + Algal Blooms = Good?

23 October 2014, by

The pros and cons of algal blooms, high concentrations of phytoplankton in the oceans, are a subject of much debate. But several studies in recent months have examined links between changing polar environments, exponential growth of algal blooms, and potential for carbon reduction. One study, appearing in the journal Nature Communications in May 2014, suggests […]

As Glaciers Melt, A Lake in Nepal Fills Up

22 October 2014, by

  Glaciers on Nepal’s Imja Tse (Island Peak) in the Himalayas have melted at an average rate of almost 10 meters per year over the past several decades, during which time residents of Imja Tse Valley below have literally watched the residual waters create an entirely new lake. The Imja Tsho (Imja Lake) first began […]

Artists Stage Glacier Worship to Fight Climate Change

21 October 2014, by

In early October, Peruvian artist Maxim Holland attempted to make an offering of water to a remote and legendary tropical glacier in the Peruvian Andes named Pariacaca, which is situated 13,000 feet above the sea. He lugged 150 liters of bottled water up to the foot of the glacier with the intention of boiling it until it […]

Roundup: Mars Glaciers, Tourism Up and Body Found

20 October 2014, by

Second Body found on Siachen Glacier in Two Months “It has been 18 years since Gaya Prasad, a Sepoy in the Indian Army, was proclaimed dead in December 1996. His team was trapped in a minor avalanche on the Siachin Glacier and he was declared dead after prolonged searches couldn’t help in tracing him.” Read […]

Photo Friday: A Hike Up Wheeler Peak

17 October 2014, by

There’s a tiny glacier clinging to the side of Wheeler Peak in Great Basin National Park in western Nevada. Once upon a time, the Wheeler Peak Glacier was so massive it carved the mountain into its current shape, but now it only measures 300 by 400 feet. The National Parks Service estimates that if temperatures continue […]

Hundreds of Millions of South Asians At Risk from Glacier Melt

16 October 2014, by

Few regions on Earth depend as heavily on glaciers for food, energy and water as South Asia’s Hindu Kush Himalayan ecosystem. A new research paper in the journal Environmental Science and Policy highlights some of the challenges downstream communities face when glacier water from upstream communities becomes scarce. The greater South Asian region accounts for […]

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City Lights Are Bright in Bhutan, but for How Long?

15 October 2014, by

My colleagues Ed Cook, Paul Krusic and I have come to Bhutan with plans to get off the grid. We are eager to set off on a trek through old-growth forests and remote villages, both for the sake of research and to disconnect. Ed and Paul plan to collect samples from ancient groves, and use tree […]

For One Time Only, the Perfect Glacier Wave

14 October 2014, by

A wall of ice from Childs Glacier in Alaska crumbles into the Copper River, gradually at first and then all at once. As a massive wave created by the calving glacier builds power, two tiny figures appear against the vast gray expanse of churning water, one on a surfboard and the other on a jet ski. […]

Roundup: Glacier Names, Pakistani Disasters and More

13 October 2014, by

Iceland names 130 new glaciers “The new names mainly refer to places in the vicinity. For example, Kerlingarbaksjökull lies to the west of the mountain Kerling in Eyjafjörður, Sýlingarjökull in Svarfaðardalur is named after the mountain Auðnasýling and Dyrajökull lies in the Dyrfjöll mountains in Borgarfjörður eystri, as stated on ruv.is. Oddur is working with local […]