Roundup: Glacier Ed, New Glacier Group, Measuring Xinjiang Ice

15 December 2014, by

Educating the Public about Glaciers at a Park in Peru “Peru, the host country for this year’s United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change has one of the lowest carbon dioxide emissions in the Americas. But scientists said it is among countries which will be most impacted by climate hazards. To educate the public, one […]

Glacier Archaeology Comes of Age

12 December 2014, by

Have you heard of Ötzi? One of the world’s best-preserved mummies, he immediately became an archaeological sensation when he came to light in 1991, and new details of his story have been surfacing in scientific journals, magazines, television programs and on the radio ever since—Radiolab dedicated an entire episode to Ötzi just last year. A […]

Glaciers Play Starring Role in COP20 Climate Conference

11 December 2014, by

Glaciers play at least three different roles at COP20, the global climate conference taking place in Lima, Peru. The COP20 is the largest meeting this year of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), an international environmental treaty aimed at stabilizing greenhouse gas concentrations in the atmosphere. The 192 member countries of the […]

Life Blooms in Tiny Cities at the Surface of Glaciers

10 December 2014, by

You might think glaciers would be hostile to life. But small water-filled holes at the surfaces of glaciers called cryoconite holes contain diverse collections of organisms. Like individual cities in a continent of ice, each hole contains its own distinct population of creatures. Some scientists believe glaciers should be considered a separate biome given the unique […]

Killing Rats to Save Birds as Glaciers Recede

5 December 2014, by

The biggest island-based rat-killing operation in history is under way on South Georgia, an island north of Antarctica and east of the Falklands. The island was once one of the richest seabird breeding territories in the world, but bird populations fell into severe decline after rats arrived aboard sealing and whaling ships in the 19th […]

Roundup: Dangerous Peak, NASA Mapping, Lady Bootleggers

1 December 2014, by

Glacier Peak for Volcano Monitoring “EVERETT, Wash. — The U.S. Geological Survey has decided to keep a closer eye on the slumbering giant in Snohomish County’s wild, scenic back yard. A new study in underway for Glacier Peak, one of the most dangerous but least monitored volcanoes in the country. Scientists are working to map Glacier […]

Roundup: Glacier Rescue Squad, Juneau Warning, Austrian Inventory

24 November 2014, by

Rescued From the Land of Fire and Ice “Every year 600 to 700 people, most of them tourists, are rescued from Iceland’s unforgiving countryside. Swept away by the Arctic nation’s beauty, they underestimate its terrain and rapidly shifting weather. …These unfortunates as well as my group were all saved by the Icelandic Association for Search and […]

The Karakoram Glacier’s Secret to “Eternal Youth”

21 November 2014, by

You might call it the ultimate cold case. In a time when glaciers are quite literally melting before our very eyes, one glacier in the Himalayas has been doing quite the opposite. “It’s been a source of controversy that these glaciers haven’t been changing while other glaciers in the world have,” Sarah Kapnick, a postdoctoral […]

Roundup: Measuring Ice, Alpine Lakes’s Biota, Risky Glacier Trek, IceBridge

17 November 2014, by

How much ice is left underneath Alaska’s glaciers “Scientists are trekking across Ruth Glacier in Denali National Park in Alaska, dragging a sled with ground-penetrating radar equipment over the ice. Their mission: reconstruct this glacier’s history and find out how much time these icy giants have left. “So what we’re interested in doing is looking […]

Roundup: Pollutants, Columbia Glacier Retreat, Cryo Consortium

10 November 2014, by

Pollutants from Glaciers “As glaciers increasingly melt in the wake of climate change, it is not only the landscape that is affected. Thawing glaciers also release many industrial pollutants stored in the ice into the environment. Now, within the scope of a Swiss National Science Foundation project, researchers from the Paul Scherrer Institute (PSI), Empa, […]

Dark Snow Spells Doom for Glacial Melt Rates

6 November 2014, by

“One week-old snow was turning black and brown before my eyes,” American geologist Ulyana Horodyskyj told the Guardian in earlier this year as she stood at her mini weather station, 5,800 meters above sea level on Mount Himlung, on the Nepal-Tibet border. Horodyskyj studies glaciers in Nepal’s Himalaya mountain range and is one of the many scientists, bloggers, […]

As Glaciers Melt, They Hum Too

4 November 2014, by

The hills are alive with the sound of… humming? Scientists from the U.S., France and Switzerland recently found that as glaciers melt, they make a low humming sound as water passes through them, according to a new study appearing last month in the journal Geology. The phenomenon was first observed in the Swiss Alps when […]