Roundup: Measuring Ice, Alpine Lakes’s Biota, Risky Glacier Trek, IceBridge

17 November 2014, by

How much ice is left underneath Alaska’s glaciers “Scientists are trekking across Ruth Glacier in Denali National Park in Alaska, dragging a sled with ground-penetrating radar equipment over the ice. Their mission: reconstruct this glacier’s history and find out how much time these icy giants have left. “So what we’re interested in doing is looking […]

For An Alien World, Look No Further Than Iceland

15 November 2014, by

After hundreds of years, the Svinafellsjokull Glacier is ready for its close-up. The Icelandic glacier has a starring role in Interstellar, the sci-fi movie about a team of astronauts lead by Matthew McConaughey that travel to a distant planet in search of a new home for the human race as the Earth becomes uninhabitable. The […]

Photo Friday: 71 Performers, 1 Unforgettable Affair

14 November 2014, by

Requiem for a Glacier Excerpt: Gradual from Paul Walde on Vimeo. This week’s slideshow features live action shots of Requiem for a Glacier, the sound performance and video installation by intermedia artist Paul Walde. The purpose of the work is to pay tribute to British Columbia’s Jumbo Glacier area, comprised of five glaciers. Recently, the […]

Climate Change Spurs Tourism in Nepal, But Will it Last?

13 November 2014, by

Possessing eight of the ten highest mountains in the world, Nepal has attracted mountaineers from around the globe. Currently, there are 326 peaks open to mountaineering in the country, while 112 peaks remain unclimbed. Trekking and mountaineering, the most popular tourism activities in Nepal, bring substantial profits to the country. In 2013, travel and tourism […]

Bhutan’s Fortresses Yet Another Victim of Glacial Floods

11 November 2014, by

Two decades ago, a glacier lake outburst flood (GLOF) at Lugge Tso, a lake in central Bhutan, coursed down a river valley, killing 17 people, destroying 730 hectares of fields and pastures, and washing away four bridges. Most prominently in the minds of Bhutanese, it also damaged a dzong—a set of culturally significant buildings—in the […]

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 […]