Photo of the Week: Glaciers and Clouds

11 April 2015, by

Clouds can be formed when air masses travel up mountains and the water in them condenses. Therefore, since glaciers are usually located on the tops of mountains, the pristine visual of a cloud nestled with a glacier is not an unusual site. Dirty clouds  can affect the health and longevity of glaciers. However, let’s ignore that reality […]

Ice Merchant Tradition Melts Away with the Glaciers

9 April 2015, by

On the slopes of Mount Chimborazo, Ecuador, it’s just Baltazar Uscha and the ice. For more than 50 years Baltazar has made his way up the mountain twice a week to chip ice from the glaciers of the closest place on Earth to the sun. “The natural ice from Chimborazo is the best,” Baltazar told […]

Post-Glacial Soils’ Star Role in Methane Cycle

8 April 2015, by

The role of woodland soils in the terrestrial uptake of methane is common knowledge for most earth scientists; however, the link between the new soils, which emerge after glacier retreat, and methane uptake was only discovered in 2003. Now, a new study has brought more gravity to this finding by exposing the surprising efficiency of this […]

Heart Shaped Opening of the Pure Imagination Cave Mt. Hood OR

Ice Cave Collapses On Mt. Hood

7 April 2015, by

In the warmest winter on record the roof of a highly popular ice cave on Mt. Hood, Oregon fell in. The Snow Dragon ice cave at the bottom of the Sandy Glacier on Mt. Hood was first publicly documented in 2011 by Brent McGregor and Eddy Cartaya– we covered their experience documenting the Sandy Glacier last October. […]

Round Up: Melting in Alaska, Biking Madness, Glacier Art

6 April 2015, by

Gulf of Alaska Experiencing Large Flushes of Glacial Melt Water “The collective freshwater discharge of this region is more than four times greater than the mighty Yukon River of Alaska and Canada, and half again as much as the Mississippi River. While scientists had indeed noticed this runoff, until now they had no idea the […]

Ice Worm Guts Tell a Story of Partnership

6 April 2015, by

Researchers develop new insights into ice worm and bacteria evolution by looking into ice worm digestive tracts.

Sirens Warn Chilean Town of Impending Volcanic Eruption

5 April 2015, by

Siren blasts created great concern in the southern Chilean town of Pucón on the afternoon of Easter Sunday. The residents feared that a second eruption of Mount Villarrica, a large glacier-covered volcano close to the town, would occur at any moment. The dramatic lava flows and enormous ash clouds from the first eruption on March […]

Photo Friday: Tulips in the Wild

3 April 2015, by

Few people have had seen tulips grow in their original habitat even though they are a familiar presence in gardens and florist shops. Here is a great opportunity to discover the tulips that are native to some of the most remote places on earth. Mountains at high elevations, especially the area centering on the glacier-filled Pamirs and Tien […]

New Report Addresses Mountain Sustainability

1 April 2015, by

A major new report provides a thorough summary of research and an innovative discussion of development efforts in mountain regions. This report, titled ‘Mountains and Climate Change: A Global Concern,’ was published in December 2014 by the Mountain Partnership as part of the UN Sustainable Mountain Development Series. The Mountain Partnership is an international organization, dedicated to […]

Pre-industrial Anthropocene Detected in Peru

31 March 2015, by

Humans may have begun to pollute the atmosphere earlier than we thought. So says recent research conducted at the Quelccaya Ice Cap in Peru, where scientists drilled into the ice to pull out cores, which they could read like ancient texts. Those cores show widespread traces of copper and lead starting in about A.D. 1540, which […]

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 […]

Photo Friday: Jotunheimen National Park

27 March 2015, by

The Jotunheimen National Park in Norway is one of the dream destinations for hikers in Europe. It is home to spectacular natural scenery of mountains, waterfalls, rivers, lakes, glaciers and valleys.