A trip down Canada’s “Iceberg Alley”

19 August 2014, by

I write this from Fogo Island, where the terrain and sea are sub-arctic, brushed and at times tormented by the strong and cold Labrador Current, which wards off the warmer waters of the Gulf stream. The Labrador Current is part of the counter-clockwise vortex of the western waters of the North Atlantic ocean that picks […]

The risk of an exploding glacier is heating up in Iceland

18 August 2014, by

Will lava soon hit glacier ice, unleashing an explosion that would spew ash and steam high in the atmosphere? The Icelandic Meteorology Office (IMO) thinks that the probability of such an event in their country has increased. Through Saturday 16 August the risk level had been at code green– a “background, non-eruptive state.” The IMO […]

Glacier stories you may have missed – 8/18

18 August 2014, by

Glacier tourism could be under threat “Canterbury University geography lecturer Heather Purdie has been monitoring Fox Glacier’s retreat since 2005, focusing on the glacier’s physical changes and how they affect tourist access and safety.” Read more here. Researchers map the world’s glaciers (all 200,000 of them) “The recently completed catalog will help researchers understand the […]

Photo Friday: Highland communities in Ancash, Peru

15 August 2014, by

Anthropologist Kate Dunbar wrote her dissertation on highland communities in Peru’s Ancash region. The glaciers in this area are important sources of drinking and irrigation water for these villages as well as myriad downstream users. Photo Friday highlights photo essays and collections from areas with glaciers. If you have photos you’d like to share, let us know in the […]

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In state of the climate report, mountain glaciers get special attention

14 August 2014, by

The year 2013 hasn’t been a good one for climate change (as you might’ve guessed) and mountain glaciers have been singled out, according to a new report released by the National Climatic Data Center. The largest climate data archive in the world sits in North Carolina’s Appalachian Mountains and contains 14 petabytes of information, enough […]

Driving the world’s “highest road” as the glaciers vanish

13 August 2014, by

When Showkat Ali began driving buses in the 1980s on the Northern India’s Khardung-la, the world’s reputed highest motorable road, the Khardung glacier was immense and represented a daunting obstacle for vehicle transport. One day, he saw the vehicles in front and behind him vanish in a sudden tide of snow while his bus was […]

Glaciers are muddying rivers, with drought to blame

12 August 2014, by

Water flowing off snow-capped mountains has the image of being absolutely pure, but the rivers and streams of California’s Mount Shasta are unusually brown, and geologists are pointing at drought as the cause. News surrounding the drought in California inundates the media, but we often hear about dying crops and brown lawns. This time it’s […]

Glacier stories you may have missed – 8/11

11 August 2014, by

Glacier Skywalk “Located in the heart of the Canadian Rockies, the Glacier Skywalk forms an observation platform with stunning views of the Sunwapta Valley.” Read more here.   Artist launches Kickstarter to Sketch Montana Glaciers “Jonathan Marquis, an avid Missoula outdoorsman, visual artist and graphic designer, wants to put his art skills to work on […]

Emma Thompson’s latest role: climate change activist

8 August 2014, by

Two-time Oscar-winning actress and screenwriter Emma Thompson is known for her leading roles in Howards End, Sense and Sensibility, Love Actually and more recently Effie Gray. But her latest role might have the greatest reach: as a real-life activist for climate change Thompson is travelling with Greenpeace across the Arctic aboard the activist ship, Esperanza, […]

Photo Friday: Mt. Baker and the North Cascades

8 August 2014, by

Emily Gibson runs a blog called Barnstorming, about rural life on a farm in northwest Washington. Her pictures feature Mt. Baker, North Cascades and the Canadian Rockies in many different lights. Photo Friday highlights photo essays and collections from areas with glaciers. If you have photos you’d like to share, let us know in the comments, […]

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When a glacier has hundreds of bundles of (icy) joy

7 August 2014, by

On July 20, 2010, researchers from Swansea University in Wales were setting up equipment near Helheim Glacier in Greenland when they happened to witness a 4-kilometer crack in the ice forming that extended from one side to the other. Quickly, they set up a time-lapse camera to record one of the largest glacier calving events […]

If a glacier melts on a mountain, does anyone hear it?

6 August 2014, by

In June 2014 the two of us—an anthropologist and an experimental musician, both from Peru– visited Quelccaya, a large glacier high in the Andes. We wanted to record the sounds of its ice as it melted. This trip formed part of our ongoing collaborative project. We are interested establishing new approaches to questions of climate […]