Mt Rainier is "out" in Old Tacoma. Credit: Joe, Flickr

PhotoFriday: Is the Mountain Out?

10 July 2015, by

Every city has its slang. In Seattle, Washington, and throughout the Puget Sound region, the phrase “the mountain is out” is part of the everyday weather lexicon. Seattleites refer to “the mountain” and no one doubts which mountain is being discussed. Towering 14,410 feet above sea level, Mount Rainier is the most glaciated peak in the contiguous U.S and can […]

Mountain Societies Research Institute Enters a New Phase

9 July 2015, by

A meeting held in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan on 3-5 July 2015 marked an important point in the development of the University of Central Asia’s Mountain Societies Research Institute (MSRI). The five members of the MSRI Working Group that provides support and oversight to the Institute met with key personnel of the MSRI. They were joined by staff […]

European Bank Says Mining Projects Don’t Damage Glaciers

8 July 2015, by

For years, the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development has been involved in the Kumtor mining project, which some experts say is contaminating ground and surface waters. Kyrgyz local communities have been complaining that the gold mine is causing negative environmental and social impacts on the nearby villages. Additionally, international NGOs and Kyrgyz environmentalists believe that the Canadian-operated Centerra […]

GlacierHub is One Year Old Today!

7 July 2015, by

GlacierHub was founded by Benjamin Orlove, an anthropologist at the Earth Institute and CRED of Columbia University, on July 7th, 2014. Our mission is to expand and deepen the understanding of glaciers. We seek to raise awareness of glacier recession by providing scientific facts and real-life stories. We engage actively with people including artists, glacier […]

Mount St. Helens' crater glacier

Roundup: Volcanic glaciers, Egypt, and Air Force recovery

6 July 2015, by

Mount St. Helens, still steaming, holds the world’s newest glacier “‘Few people realize,’ says Ray Yurkewycz, operations director for the nonprofit Mount St. Helens Institute), ‘that the hollowed-out crater where lava was flowing just a few years ago now holds the world’s youngest glacier. And if that’s not surprising enough, the prosaically named Crater Glacier […]

Blood Falls

Photo Friday: The Science Behind Blood Falls’ Unusual Coloring

3 July 2015, by

This Photo Friday, enjoy stunning photos of Blood Falls – an unusual glacial tongue off of Taylor Glacier in East Antarctica. Far from the typical, pristinely white colors of glaciers, Blood Falls sports a trickling red tongue, sometimes invoking its namesake in blood red, other times in a fainter, more subtle burnt orange. Check out the […]

Glacier Lake Bursts in Bhutan

1 July 2015, by

On the morning of Sunday 28 June, an earthquake in India caused a Glacial Lake Outburst Flood in northern Bhutan.  Local residents alerted officials, who activated warning systems and ordered evacuations downstream. Rivers  rose to high levels, but no fatalities occurred. By Monday night, the rivers had begun to fall. The United States Geological Survey […]

Glacier Hub’s 1st Birthday Invitation!

1 July 2015, by

GlacierHub is approaching its one-year anniversary on Tuesday 7 July. Over the past year, we had over 45000 visitors  and up to 500 subscribers to our newsletters, as well as 250 followers on our Facebook page. We are grateful to all our readers for loving glaciers and supporting GlacierHub! We aim to bring you more up- to-date […]

image of wind blowing over the top of a glacier.

Do Windy Glaciers Melt Faster?

30 June 2015, by

The relationship between surface winds and glacial melt is more complex than previously thought, according to an article in the journal, Boundary-Layer Meteorology, which used new data collecting techniques. The report by Maxime Litt, Jean-Emmanuel Sicart, and Patrick Wagnon, with the Université Grenoble Alpes, France, and, Warren D. Helgason at the University of Saskatchewan, Canada, […]

Gold Bay, South Georgia (Credit: Jonathan E. Shaw, Flickr)

Roundup: Fish in Patagonia, Film in Kashmir & Glacial Georgia

29 June 2015, by

One Fish, Two Fish: Black Southern Cod maintain a more diverse diet when near glacier meltwater areas “The black southern cod, Patagonotothen tessellata, is the most important notothenioid fish species in terms of abundance in southern Chilean Patagonia. However, studies on its trophic ecology are scarce. [This study assessed] the spatial variation in the diet of […]

An Alaska Army National Guard helicopter drops approximately 700 gallons of water on to the Stetson Creek Fire near Cooper Landing, Alaska, June 17.

PhotoFriday: Wildfires Rage in Alaska

26 June 2015, by

Unseasonable heat in Alaska combined with winds and low humidity have triggered major wildfire outbreaks in the Northern state. According to a status report from the Alaska Interagency Coordination Center, as of Wednesday, June 24, there were 278 active wildland fires state-wide. The Healy Lake Fires grew to 10,000 acres earlier this month, doubling in less than […]

A Dying Glacier, a Drought-Stricken Village, and a Good View

25 June 2015, by

In the course of researching my new book, “Fire and Ice: Soot, Solidarity and Survival on the Roof of the World”, I traveled to many communities living in the shadow of retreating snow and ice. I talked to Sherpa villagers who fear potential glacial lake outburst floods in Nepal’s Khumbu Valley, and with Naxi people […]