Roundup: Mars Habitat, Peru Drought, Wildfires

20 April 2015, by

Terrestrial fluvial-lacustrine environments suggest past habitability in Mars “The search for once-habitable locations on Mars is increasingly focused on environments dominated by fluvial and lacustrine processes, such as those investigated by the Mars Science Laboratory Curiosity rover. The availability of liquid water coupled with the potential longevity of such systems renders these localities prime targets for the […]

Roundup: Yaks, Snow Algae, and Slime Molds

13 April 2015, by

How do wild yaks respond to glacier melt and past exploitation? “To explore how mammals of extreme elevation respond to glacial recession and past harvest, we combined our fieldwork with remote sensing and used analyses of ~60 expeditions from 1850–1925 to represent baseline conditions for wildlife before heavy exploitation on the Tibetan Plateau. Focusing on […]

Roundup: Film on Eco-trek, Black Carbon in Andes, Alpine Stonefly

30 March 2015, by

Pad Yatra: A Green Odyssey “Pad Yatra: A Green Odyssey is the adventure of 700 people trekking across the Himalayas with a call to save the planet’s “3rd Pole,” a glacial region now devastated by the climate chaos associated with global warming. Battling the most treacherous terrain on the planet, the trekkers spread their message of […]

Roundup: Rock Avalanche, Melting Sound, Black Carbon

23 March 2015, by

Landslides on Glaciers “The chapter looks mainly at massive rock slope failures that generate high-speed, long- runout rock avalanches onto glaciers in high mountains, from subpolar through tropical latitudes. Drastic modifications of mountain landscapes and destructive impacts occur, and initiate other, longer-term hazards. Worst-case calamities are where mass flows continue into inhabited areas below the […]

An image of a man taking a photo inside an ice cave

Roundup: New Museums, Ice Quakes, and Ice Caves

16 March 2015, by

Glaciarium – A New Museum Dedicated to Patagonian Glaciers Opens in Argentina “Designed as an environment that promotes knowledge and awakens the senses, Glaciarium seeks to emotionally move the visitor through noble visual and narrative resources . . .” Read More, here.   Calving Glaciers causing “Ice Quakes” Analysts at the Alaska Earthquake Center discovered that calving glaciers […]

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 […]

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 […]

Roundup: Hindu Kush glaciers, Tibetan lakes and science vs. politics in Chile

16 February 2015, by

Glacier changes in Hindu Kush Himalayas                  “The fate of the Hindu Kush Himalayan glaciers has been a topic of heated debate due to their rapid melting and retreat. The underlying reason for the debate is the lack of systematic large-scale observations of the extent of glaciers in […]

Roundup: NZ photos, vanishing ice art, murder mystery

9 February 2015, by

Glacier melting recorded by photos “A series of photographs taken over 10 years has revealed the dramatic changes to one of New Zealand’s most famous glacier.The Massey University scientists who took the pictures – at the same time each year during surveys – say the changes to Fox Glacier on the South Island’s West Coast […]

An image of Glacier Bay by Héctor Mota Via Flicker

Round Up: Sounds of Glacier Bay, A New Book, and a Caving Video

2 February 2015, by

“Voices of Glacier Bay” Soundscape Project The National Park Service has a new project recording various sounds of nature in Glacier Bay National Park, Alaska. The recordings include sounds of: calving glaciers, humpback whales, singing birds, raindrop polyrhythms, and more! Check out their website, with tons more sounds and videos.   Over 150 scientists collaborated on […]

Roundup: A New Documentary, Ice Worms, Timelapse Videos

19 January 2015, by

  “Glacial Balance,” A New Documentary by Ethan Steinman on Climate Change “Water and its sources have historically been the key factor in the establishment of cities, of civilizations. But we are at a critical point in the environment and mankind’s existence. . . GLACIAL BALANCE takes us to Colombia, Argentina, Chile, Bolivia and Ecuador, getting […]