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 […]

How Invertebrates Colonize Deglaciated Sites

20 January 2015, by

Scientists have long wondered how species colonize sites after deglaciation. A recent study by Amber Vater and John Matthews in the journal The Holocene of invertebrates–animals without backbones—on a number of sites in Norway advances the understanding of this colonization. It pays particular attention to succession, the processes of change in the species composition of […]

Roundup: A New Documentary, Ice Worms, Timelapse Videos

19 January 2015, by

  “Glacial Balance,” A New Documentary by Ethan Steinman on Climate Change “Water and its sources have historically been the key factor in the establishment of cities, of civilizations. But we are at a critical point in the environment and mankind’s existence. . . GLACIAL BALANCE takes us to Colombia, Argentina, Chile, Bolivia and Ecuador, getting […]

Photo Friday: Seals taking it easy on icebergs

16 January 2015, by

Seals are some of the cutest animals found in the Arctic and the Antarctic. This week’s photo friday features seals carrying out their daily activities on icebergs, which are important environmental features in their chilly habitats. The photos include leopard seals and crabeater seals among other species. Photo Friday highlights photo essays and collections from areas […]