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, […]

Photo Friday: A Glacial Fear of Heights

7 November 2014, by

Deep in the Canadian Rockies a glass walkway has been constructed extending ninety feet off a sudden cliff edge. The Glacier Skywalk opened in May of this year, and allows you to walk out into the empty space off the cliff’s edge and enjoy panoramic views of Jasper National Park in Alberta. Engineered by Simon […]

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, […]

Bhutan’s Glaciers and Yak Herds Are Shrinking

5 November 2014, by

Of the things that my colleagues and I hoped to see on our trek in Bhutan, only one was missing: ice. Ed Cook and Paul Krusic, both tree ring scientists, found the groves of ancient trees they had planned to take sample cores from, and our trails led us to the villages where I talked […]

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 […]

Roundup: Ice Clock Art, Sonic Sakteng, and Ganges Threat

3 November 2014, by

Ice Watch: The Clock Is Ticking “The Danes have artist Olafur Eliasson to thank for the strange configuration of Greenland-bred ice. It’s part of a project titled ‘Ice Watch,’ involving a dozen icy chunks arranged to resemble an ominous clock. Though the pieces look as though they’ve been surreptitiously washed ashore in the middle of a […]

Photo Friday: Around Ausangate

31 October 2014, by

About 100 kilometers southeast of Cuzco sits the majestic Ausangate mountain, which is surrounded by herds of alpaca and communities of llama herders. The mountain was considered a deity by the Incans and today backpackers enjoy the Ausengate circuit, a hike that circles the mountain in five or six days. Here is a selection of photos from […]

Yes, Glaciers Melt, But Do You Know How?

30 October 2014, by

Have you ever wondered how glaciers melt? Do they melt from underneath? Top down? Maybe from all around at once? From the center outward? How fast do they melt? Do all glaciers melt? These are questions scientists’ wonder too, and they’ve been getting some interesting answers. Virtually every glacier on earth melts each year during […]

After 100 Years of Glacier Loss, Alberta Braces for Erratic Water Flow

29 October 2014, by

When I travelled to Banff National Park in Alberta last summer, I was impressed by the high white peaks of the Canadian Rockies. Locals joked that those who want to see the snowy, icy mountains should hurry, because such beautiful landscapes may soon cease to exist due to global warming. Sadly, what the local people […]

Icelandic Zombie Glacier Survives by Shedding Dead Bits

28 October 2014, by

It’s alive! British scientists recently discovered that a glacier named Falljökull in Iceland, considered dead, is in fact partially “alive.” Using 3D imaging of the interior and surface of the glacier, they found that its long top section, which extends in a steep ice fall from the ice cap Öraefajökull to a plateau below, has at least temporarily saved itself by […]

Roundup: Volcano Drones, Space Glaciers and an Actor’s Fall

27 October 2014, by

Close-Up Drone Video of an Erupting Volcano Melts Face off GoPro Camera in Iceland Director of aerial imaging for drone maker DJI, Eric Cheng, and nature photographer Ragnar Th. Sigurdsson were able to fly a Quadcopter mounted GoPro camera into an active eruption in the Bardarbunga volcanic system, Iceland. Read the full story here. For more of […]

India PM Modi Visits World’s Highest Battleground

26 October 2014, by

On October 23, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi visited the Siachen Glacier lauding the Indian soldiers based there. Modi tweeted “From the icy heights of the Siachen Glacier and with the brave jawans and officers of the armed forces, I wish all of you a happy Diwali.” Sharing sweets with our Jawans at Siachen. pic.twitter.com/ebHWkRwe3e — […]