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 […]

Walking to a place where “the mountains are weeping”

4 August 2014, by

Having rested during the night we embark on a walk to Drangajökull. Unlike other Icelandic glaciers, it does not reach up to the high mountainous interior of the island. It is, nevertheless, impressive and has a history of its own. Centuries ago, local peasants and fishers would travel across it along specific routes, transporting driftwood […]

Photo Friday: Life on Nepal’s Annapurna Circuit

1 August 2014, by

Photographer Dietmar Temps traveled to Nepal’s Annapurna Circuit in 2009, which winds its way through the range in the Himalayas in the north-central section of the country. The entire trek takes nearly three weeks to complete. See more of Temps’ pictures in his Flickr gallery. Photo Friday highlights photo essays and collections from areas with glaciers. […]

Evidence of glaciers, but no little green men, on Mars

31 July 2014, by

When astronomer Percival Lowell looked through his telescope in northern Arizona in 1895, he was convinced that Mars was covered with a network of canals. Lowell published three books on the features of the Red Planet that he believed formed an elaborate system of transporting water from the polar ice caps. The canals, he theorized, […]

SkiFree, a game from the past, has a message for the future

30 July 2014, by

If you used a PC at any point in the ‘90s, you probably encountered the game SkiFree. To jog your memory, the 16-bit windows game featured a lone skier tirelessly trying to gain “style points” and avoid obstacles such as rocks, trees, snow bunnies and a man-eating yeti. SkiFree, created by Microsoft programmer Chris Pirih […]

Scientists find yet another negative impact of glacial melt: ocean acidification

28 July 2014, by

Researchers have recently uncovered previously unknown negative environmental impact of accelerated glacial melt. If reductions in freshwater availability, landslides, outburst floods and sea level rise were not bad enough, ocean acidification can be added to the list. Ocean acidification is a well-known process, though it has not previously been linked to glaciers. Scientists have recognixed […]