Hundreds of Millions of South Asians At Risk from Glacier Melt

16 October 2014, by

Few regions on Earth depend as heavily on glaciers for food, energy and water as South Asia’s Hindu Kush Himalayan ecosystem. A new research paper in the journal Environmental Science and Policy highlights some of the challenges downstream communities face when glacier water from upstream communities becomes scarce. The greater South Asian region accounts for […]

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City Lights Are Bright in Bhutan, but for How Long?

15 October 2014, by

My colleagues Ed Cook, Paul Krusic and I have come to Bhutan with plans to get off the grid. We are eager to set off on a trek through old-growth forests and remote villages, both for the sake of research and to disconnect. Ed and Paul plan to collect samples from ancient groves, and use tree […]

For One Time Only, the Perfect Glacier Wave

14 October 2014, by

A wall of ice from Childs Glacier in Alaska crumbles into the Copper River, gradually at first and then all at once. As a massive wave created by the calving glacier builds power, two tiny figures appear against the vast gray expanse of churning water, one on a surfboard and the other on a jet ski. […]

Roundup: Glacier Names, Pakistani Disasters and More

13 October 2014, by

Iceland names 130 new glaciers “The new names mainly refer to places in the vicinity. For example, Kerlingarbaksjökull lies to the west of the mountain Kerling in Eyjafjörður, Sýlingarjökull in Svarfaðardalur is named after the mountain Auðnasýling and Dyrajökull lies in the Dyrfjöll mountains in Borgarfjörður eystri, as stated on ruv.is. Oddur is working with local […]

Photo Friday: The Frozen Diamonds in Patagonia

10 October 2014, by

A Glaciers Photo Contest was held last summer by ViewBug and Resource Magazine. It is difficult to capture galciers due to the size, location, and reflection of light. However, the winner of this contest, Paul Cashman, mastered the task with “The Coldest Shots of Patagonia“. In order to well capture these cold giants, he traveled […]

Glaciers Recede in East Africa’s “Mountains of the Moon”

9 October 2014, by

The Rwenzori Mountains of equatorial East Africa are widely known to be the legendary “Mountains of the Moon” described by Ptolemy in 150 A.D. as ‘the Mountains of Moon whose snows feed the lakes, sources of the Nile’. Indeed, snow and ice on these glaciated mountains that straddle the border between the Democratic Republic of Congo […]

As Glaciers Melt, Mt. Shasta Could See More Mudslides

8 October 2014, by

A giant mudslide sent mud and debris hurtling down the southeastern flank of California’s Mt. Shasta in late September. Experts believe glacial melting, hastened by a three-year California drought, loosened giant ice blocks at the small Konwakiton Glacier midway up the peak, dislodging earth and rocks dammed up under the ice. U.S. Forest Service climbing […]

Satellite Images Offer Clues to Causes of Glacial Lake Flooding

7 October 2014, by

Satellites are now allowing us to track the behavior of icy glacial lakes on the Himalayan Mountains–in particular the conditions that lead to glacial lake outburst floods (GLOFs), which have become increasingly frequent in the region over the past 20 years. Researchers from the Institute of Mountain Hazards and Environment and the State Key Laboratory of Cryosphere […]

Glacier stories you may have missed this week – 10/6

6 October 2014, by

California droughts and glacier melts lead to massive Mt. Shasta mudslide “Experts believe glacial melting, accelerated by the drought, may have released “pockets of water” that destabilized massive ice blocks and causing the debris flow Saturday afternoon in Shasta-Trinity National Forest, officials said.” Read more about Mt. Shasta mudslide in the Los Angles Times.   […]

Photo Friday: Mammals from glaciers

3 October 2014, by

A number of images of glaciers in the American Museum of Natural History’s Hall of North American Mammals. The dioramas in this exhibit feature sheep, goats, bears and caribou, all denizens of mountainous regions in the western US, Alaska and Canada. Ben Orlove visited the exhibit last Monday. This is the first GlacierHub post on mammals. We […]

Dariali gorge may be in danger from new hydroelectric plant

2 October 2014, by

Along Georgia’s border with Russia, about two hours north of the Georgian capital of Tbilisi, the Tergi River flows on an almost 400 mile journey down from the Devdorak Glacier atop Mount Kazbek to the Caspian Sea. The river has been a valued source of water for the communities along its banks for thousands of […]

Copper Versus Ice: Chilean Mine Would Excavate Five Glaciers

1 October 2014, by

The glaciers of Chile are threatened not just by global warming, but by mining operations high in the snow-peaked Andes cordillera. On July 24, Chile’s state-owned copper mining company Codelco, the world’s largest producer of the metal, proposed changes to a controversial $6.8 billion expansion of its Andina mine. Whether the new proposal gets the green light from environmental authorities could determine the fate of 26 glaciers in the central Andes.