Scientists Learn to Drone in the Himalayas

5 February 2015, by

As glaciers around the world melt in response to climate change, scientists are rushing to map and catalog the precise ways in which they are changing. They have new allies in this fight: drones. But first, scientists have to learn how to use and operate them. In late January, an organization dedicated to sustainable mountain […]

From Family Huts to Luxury Lodges in Nepal

4 February 2015, by

Nepal is becoming more and more popular with tourists because of its majestic glaciers and towering mountain peaks. Traditionally known as a mountainous escape for adventurous trekkers, it is becoming more attractive for all types of travelers as the region modernizes to accommodate them. The recent democratization of the country, which saw the election of […]

Melting Glaciers Give Earth a Pop

3 February 2015, by

Though the Earth often seems solid and fixed, it is not. You’ve probably heard of continental drift—the horizontal movement of continent-sized bodies of rock—but fewer of you may appreciate that the earth can move vertically as well. Studies have shown that North America and Europe are rebounding, slowly but steadily, due to the removal of thick ice sheets […]

An image of Glacier Bay by Héctor Mota Via Flicker

Round Up: Sounds of Glacier Bay, A New Book, and a Caving Video

2 February 2015, by

“Voices of Glacier Bay” Soundscape Project The National Park Service has a new project recording various sounds of nature in Glacier Bay National Park, Alaska. The recordings include sounds of: calving glaciers, humpback whales, singing birds, raindrop polyrhythms, and more! Check out their website, with tons more sounds and videos.   Over 150 scientists collaborated on […]

Earthquakes Rattling Glaciers, Boosting Sea Level Rise

30 January 2015, by

Talk of earthquakes likely calls to mind giant fissures opening up along the earth’s crust, the trembling of rock, buildings crumbling to their knees and, depending on your age and cast of mind, the love of Superman for Lois Lane. But it does not likely conjure up images of giant tongues of sliding ice or […]

Photo Friday: Glacier Pictures from an American Farmer

30 January 2015, by

Nearly all the images that appear in Photo Friday on this site are taken by travelers. Whether as scientists, as artists, or as adventurers, the photographers have undertaken journeys to mountain areas. They have sought out glaciers as visual subjects that illustrate their understanding of our world—its beauty, its fascination, its fragility. By contrast, these […]

A picture of Glacier Ray Lloyd's Crionick Kick

A Professional Glacier

28 January 2015, by

  Ray Lloyd is a professional wrestler who has wrestled under the name “Glacier” since 1996. Born in Georgia, a state with no glaciers, Ray as a boy enjoyed superheroes, professional wrestling, and martial arts. He took up martial arts himself at the age of 15.  In high school and college Ray participated in and enjoyed other sports, […]

New Glacial Lakes to Transform Swiss Landscape

27 January 2015, by

Ongoing climate change is causing glaciers in the Swiss Alps to shrink dramatically, and some predict they will disappear entirely by the end of the century. As they melt over the coming decades, Swiss scientists estimate that 500 to 600 new lakes covering close to 50 square kilometers of land will form in Switzerland. That’s […]

Roundup: New Stories on Black Carbon

26 January 2015, by

We feature three stories, all of which focus on black carbon. This atmospheric pollutant plays an important role in accelerating glacier retreat. Moreover, policies can be designed to reduce it, by supporting alternative fuels and improved technologies. Reductions in black carbon also bring health benefits, since this substance leads to pulmonary diseases. Story 1: Ice […]

An Aerial Image of the Aleutian Islands

Photo Friday: The Aleutian Islands

23 January 2015, by

The Aleutian Islands stretch from southwestern Alaska toward far northeastern Russia. Extending southwest from the Alaskan Peninsula, the islands separate the Bering Sea from the greater Pacific Ocean. The political extent of the Aleutian Island range ends at Attu Island, and because of the International Date Line, Attu Island represents both the westernmost and the easternmost possession of the United […]

Little Auk Upends Arctic Climate Change Models

22 January 2015, by

In July of 2013, a team of scientists from France, Russia and the United States descended upon an uninhabited archipelago in the Russian Arctic called Franz-Josef Land, the northern most archipelago in the world. There they spent two months at Tikhaya Bay on Hooker Island, one of the archipelago’s 191 islands, tagging and studying a […]

James Balog: Breathing Life Into Ice

21 January 2015, by

For more than 30 years, James Balog, an American photographer, has devoted himself to merging insights from art and science to create innovative and vivid interpretations of our changing world. His photographic interests are diverse, including endangered animals, North America’s old-growth forests, and polar ice. In 2007, Balog initiated a long-term photography project, called the […]