Heard Island Glacier Retreat Enables Lagoon Development

5 February 2019, by

Consistent with conditions across the sub-Antarctic region, the Stephenson and Winston glaciers on Heard Island have experienced significant retreat since 1947, which has led to the formation of lagoons.

Roundup: Lichen Colonization, Mercury Contamination, and Double Exposure

4 February 2019, by

In this week’s Roundup, read about lichen colonization on Svalbard’s glaciers, mercury inputs from glacial rivers in High Arctic Canada, and the impact of both climate change and globalization on a small village in the Indian Himalayas. 

Photo Friday: Glacial Surfers in Iceland

1 February 2019, by

This Photo Friday, enjoy the brave Arctic Surfers, who offer stand-up paddle boarders and surfers opportunities to explore Iceland’s aquatic beauty.

Millennial Climate Effects on a Lake Ecosystem in Southern Chile

31 January 2019, by

In a recent study published in the journal The Holocene, scientists examine the millennial changes in climate at Lake Pastahué in southern Chile. Sediment samples and historical records help reconstruct past environmental conditions at the lake ecosystem.

GLOF Risk Perception in Nepal Himalaya

30 January 2019, by

Glacial lake outburst floods (GLOFs) pose a significant, climate change-related risk to the Mt. Everest region of Nepal. A recent study finds risk perception of GLOFs is linked to a variety of socioeconomic and cultural factors.

Video of the Week: Kazakhstan’s Tuyuksu Glacier in The New York Times

30 January 2019, by

This week’s Video of the Week takes us to Central Asia, where a New York Times interactive documents ablation of the Tuyuksu Glacier, which supplies fresh water to millions down stream. But for how much longer?

Argentina’s Retreating Turbio Glacier Creates a New Lake

29 January 2019, by

The glacier, which lies at the headwaters of Argentina’s Turbio River, has shrunk by over 30 percent in 32 years.

Roundup: Collapsing Glaciers, Invertebrates, and Resilient Mountains

28 January 2019, by

This week’s roundup features collapsing glaciers in Asia, benthic invertebrates in Antarctica, and improving mountain resiliency in the Hindu Kush.

Images Show Active, Glacier-Covered Volcanoes in the Russian Far East

25 January 2019, by

This week’s Photo Friday features two, restless glacier-covered volcanoes in Kamchatka, a peninsula lying on the Pacific coast of eastern Russia.

South Georgia Island’s Novosilski Glacier Is Retreating Rapidly

23 January 2019, by

Landsat images and British Antarctic Survey GIS analysis reveal that the Novosilski Glacier has retreated 2.5 kilometers since 2001.

Video of the Week: Cascading Glacier Melt in Northern Pakistan

23 January 2019, by

Our Video of the Week takes place in northern Pakistan, which is home to multiple large glaciers. Many of these glaciers are melting due to climate change, threatening vulnerable nearby communities. 

An Impossible First: Colin O’Brady Completes Solo Trek Across Antarctica

22 January 2019, by

On the 26th of December, 33-year-old American Colin O’Brady became the first person to transverse Antarctica unassisted and unaided by wind.