The Chameleon Glaciers

16 April 2015, by

Can you spot the glacier on the picture above? Not that easy… Glacier Noir is a debris-covered glacier located in the French Alps. Contrary to clean-ice glaciers which are shiny white or blue ice masses, debris-covered glaciers are ice masses with a layer of rock debris on the top which makes them look like their […]

Could Temperate Rainforests Survive Global Warming?

15 April 2015, by

Nowadays, most of Europe’s temperate rainforests and the coast redwoods are disappearing as a result of over-harvesting. However, temperate rain-forests in Tongass and Great Bear (British Columbia) remain relatively intact. The Pacific Coastal Temperate Rainforest (PCTR) ecosystem stretches 4000 kilometers along coasts from northern California through Oregon, Washington and British Columbia to Alaska. Known for […]

New Discovery: Record of Glacial Cycles on Sea Floor

14 April 2015, by

The history of the world’s hot and cold periods can be read on the ocean floor, according to a new study. The Earth has gone through cycles of glacial periods, when the great continental ice sheets advanced during colder periods, and interglacial periods – warmer climate cycles like like present day. These glacial-interglacial cycles are […]

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 […]

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 […]