Glacier Lessons as a Glacier Lessens

10 April 2019, by

For nearly 10 years, Jón Stefánsson’s grade-seven students have been tracking the disappearance of their local glacier in Iceland.

Roundup: New Zealand’s ‘Sad and Dirty’ Glaciers, Dead Bodies on Mount Everest, and a Surprise in Greenland

8 April 2019, by

In this week’s Roundup, read about New Zealand’s ‘sad and dirty’ glaciers, dead bodies on Mount Everest, and a glacier surprise in Greenland.

Unearthing Rock Glaciers: Hidden, Hydrological Landforms

4 April 2019, by

Rock glaciers, distinctive geomorphological landmasses, are frequently overshadowed by neighboring ice glaciers and overlooked due to their hidden nature. Although often forgotten, rock glaciers are common features in many mountain regions of the world.

Video of the Week: A Glacier in Greenland Is Growing—But Probably Not for Long

3 April 2019, by

Our Video of the Week features NASA analysis of the recent, albeit likely short-lived growth, to Greenland’s Jakobshavn Glacier.

What Snow Algae in the Pacific Northwest Could Reveal About Life on Mars

2 April 2019, by

The University of Minnesota’s Trinity Hamilton and Jeff Havig analyze how snow algae interacts with carbon, which could aid the search for life on Mars.

Last-Chance Tourism Spurs Eco-Consciousness and Climate Change

28 March 2019, by

Last-chance tourists often visit remote destinations to take in the beauty and experience of a place that may not be the same in the future. But in doing so, they are contributing to climate change, negatively impacting these destinations through carbon-intensive travel.

Video of the Week: Glacial Thinning in Greenland

27 March 2019, by

The week’s video of the week documents glacial thinning on Kangerdlugssuaq Glacier. Kangerdlugssuaq Glacier is one of Greenland’s largest tidewater outlet glaciers.

Blood Falls: Origins and Life in Subglacial Environments

27 March 2019, by

A new study on Antarctica’s Blood Falls reveals the origins of the unique bright-red discharge, and what it could mean for finding life elsewhere in our solar system.

Nevado Ausangate Glaciers, Peru Retreat, and Lake Formation

26 March 2019, by

Mauri Pelto, a glaciologist at Nichols College in Massachusetts and author of the American Geophysical Union blog From a Glacier’s Perspective, analyzes the retreat of the Ausangate Glaciers in Peru.

Rising Temperatures Threaten Biodiversity Along the Antarctic Peninsula

21 March 2019, by

The 800-mile-long Antarctica Peninsula is one of the fastest warming regions on the planet. The rising temperatures have led to significant glacial melting, which is a threat to the ecosystem’s biodiversity.

Mongolia’s Cashmere Goats Graze a Precarious Steppe

20 March 2019, by

Mongolia’s grasslands are being degraded by climate change and heavy goat populations, driven by global cashmere demand.

University of Lausanne Launches Interdisciplinary Mountain Research Center

19 March 2019, by

Iago Otero and Emmanuel Reynard describe the launch of the Interdisciplinary Center for Mountain Research at the University of Lausanne—a four-year pilot project focused on contributing to the sustainable development of mountain regions.