The novel coronavirus—officially known as COVID-19—is gaining altitude. The mysterious flu-like respiratory illness is creeping into the country’s mountainous western provinces high on the Tibetan Plateau. While the number of cases in these areas still remains low, there has been a slow uptick in infections in recent days.
Roundup: Coronavirus Spreads to Glacier Country, A New Antarctic Feedback Loop, and High Avalanche Danger in the Pacific Northwest10 February 2020, by Peter Deneen
In this week’s Roundup, read about coronavirus’ spread to glacier provinces of China, a far-reaching study on a new Antarctic feedback loop, and the high avalanche danger in Washington State after a series of Pacific storms.
Last month a team of researchers discovered new viruses within ice cores extracted from the Guliya ice cap in the northwestern part of the Tibetan Plateau. As the warming climate causes glaciers to melt, the re-emergence of ancient bacteria and viruses threaten present day species lacking immunity to these pathogens.
In this week’s Video of the Week a robot oceanographer takes us 700 meters under the ice to the grounding zone of Thwaites Glacier––the slipping cork of ice keeping the West Antarctic Ice Sheet intact.
Roundup: Himalaya Pollutants, Patagonia Food Web Study, and Snowfall Variability Dictates Glacier Mass Balance3 February 2020, by Peter Deneen
In this week’s Roundup, read about how emissions from the activities of humankind are concentrating on Himalayan glaciers, a food web study on glacier and non-glacier fjords in Patagonia, and how Himalaya-Karakoram glacier mass depends on snowfall variability.
Last week the endurance swimmer and environmental diplomat swam one kilometer across one of the more than 65,000 meltwater lakes that pock the East Antarctic Ice Sheet to generate support for marine protected areas in the Southern Ocean.
After 5,300 years, Ötzi the Iceman continues to divulge secrets. Scientists recently identified 75 different species of mosses and liverworts in, on and around the glacier mummy that reveal secrets about his final 48 hours.
In this week’s Roundup, read about a new book on Icelandic glaciers by photographer Chris Burkard and writer Matt McDonald, how two species of Arctic seabirds are adapting, and the first video of ice stream formation.
Discharge from Arctic tidewater glaciers create the perfect foraging habitat for seabirds. Researchers have been following the foraging behavior of two types of Arctic seabirds that feed near the edges of these glaciers as the climate changes.
In 2013 the Vavilov Ice Cap in the Russian high Arctic surged forward. Scientists believe the video taken in the subsequent years is the first look at the transition of a cold-based glacier to ice stream.
Roundup: The Hydropower Potential In Glacier Retreat, A Glacier Children’s Book, and How Glaciers Affect Kyrgyz Pasture Selection20 January 2020, by Peter Deneen
In this week’s Roundup, read about the hydropower potential in glacier-free basins, a new children’s book featuring the life of a glacial erratic, and how glaciers figure in to Kyrgyz pasture selection.