Kumtor Gold Mine Threatens Central Asian Glaciers and Water

23 December 2014, by

Central Asia’s Tien Shan mountain range, Chinese for “celestial mountain,” is the site of a heated battle over gold, water and ice. Stretching 1,500 miles along the borders between China, Kyrgyzstan and Kazakhstan, and reaching up to 7,000 meters above the sea, the mountain’s steep peaks host some of Central Asia’s most important glaciers, which […]

Roundup: Chinese Glaciers Shrink, Glacial Buzzsaws, Mars’ Grand Canyon

22 December 2014, by

“China’s glaciers have retreated by 18 per cent over the past half century, a comprehensive survey has found, as some experts warn of “chain effects” that could have an impact on water supplies in the country’s western regions.”

Photo Friday: Miracles on Arid Lands

19 December 2014, by

Some of the most unanticipated glaciers in the world are siting atop Iran’s mountains. Natural glaciers serve as a major fresh water resource in this arid country. Glacier recede plays a crucial role in affecting Iranian water supplies in urbanism, industries, and agriculture. Hence, Project Pressure was instigated by Klaus Thymann in 2008 as a non-profit […]

Glacier Hazards Linked to Prolonged PTSD in Kids

18 December 2014, by

In June 2013, several days of torrential rains bombarded India’s northern state of Uttarakhand causing devastating glacier lake outburst floods (GLOFs), river flooding, and landslides. This event is considered to be the country’s worst natural disaster since the 2004 tsunami. Packed with Hindu pilgrimage sites, temples, and tourists, Uttarakhand saw entire settlements washed away. Roads […]

As Peru’s Glacier Vanish, Villagers Appeal To The Gods

17 December 2014, by

In October 2011, while I was conducting ethnographic research on water and climate change in southern Peru’s Colca Valley, I was invited to join the villagers of Pinchollo on a hike up to the point at the foot of a glacier where meltwater starts flowing down towards the village. There, we offered a gift to […]

Public Event On The Anthropocene In New York On Thursday

16 December 2014, by

GlacierHub’s editor Ben Orlove and two other anthropologists will be speaking this Thursday at the American Museum of Natural History in New York. This event is a roundtable on the Anthropocene, the term describing the new epoch that has just begun, one where humans have major impacts on the planet’s ecosystems. Geologists can observe the […]

Roundup: Glacier Ed, New Glacier Group, Measuring Xinjiang Ice

15 December 2014, by

Educating the Public about Glaciers at a Park in Peru “Peru, the host country for this year’s United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change has one of the lowest carbon dioxide emissions in the Americas. But scientists said it is among countries which will be most impacted by climate hazards. To educate the public, one […]

Glacier Archaeology Comes of Age

12 December 2014, by

Have you heard of Ötzi? One of the world’s best-preserved mummies, he immediately became an archaeological sensation when he came to light in 1991, and new details of his story have been surfacing in scientific journals, magazines, television programs and on the radio ever since—Radiolab dedicated an entire episode to Ötzi just last year. A […]

Photo Friday: Mt. Baker

12 December 2014, by

We offer these photos from Barnstorming as a gift in this holiday season. The site’s manager speaks of  faithful stewardship–a principle that resonates with us at GlacierHub. These photos feature Mt. Baker in the North Cascades of Washington State in U.S.  [slideshow_deploy id=’2163′]   Photo Friday highlights photo essays and collections from areas with glaciers. If you […]

Glaciers Play Starring Role in COP20 Climate Conference

11 December 2014, by

Glaciers play at least three different roles at COP20, the global climate conference taking place in Lima, Peru. The COP20 is the largest meeting this year of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), an international environmental treaty aimed at stabilizing greenhouse gas concentrations in the atmosphere. The 192 member countries of the […]

Life Blooms in Tiny Cities at the Surface of Glaciers

10 December 2014, by

You might think glaciers would be hostile to life. But small water-filled holes at the surfaces of glaciers called cryoconite holes contain diverse collections of organisms. Like individual cities in a continent of ice, each hole contains its own distinct population of creatures. Some scientists believe glaciers should be considered a separate biome given the unique […]

Roundup: Glaciovolcanic Mars, Columbia Retreat, Students Lured with Cash

8 December 2014, by

More Evidence to Prove Existence of Ice-Volcanoes on Mars             “We conclude that glaciovolcanic landforms are abundant in the Arsia Mons fan-shaped deposit. These include landforms interpreted as subglacial pillow sheets larger than any known on Earth.” Read more in Icarus.   Columbia Glacier is Rapidly Retreating: Find out Why […]