Roundup: Glacier Rescue Squad, Juneau Warning, Austrian Inventory

24 November 2014, by

Rescued From the Land of Fire and Ice “Every year 600 to 700 people, most of them tourists, are rescued from Iceland’s unforgiving countryside. Swept away by the Arctic nation’s beauty, they underestimate its terrain and rapidly shifting weather. …These unfortunates as well as my group were all saved by the Icelandic Association for Search and […]

The Karakoram Glacier’s Secret to “Eternal Youth”

21 November 2014, by

You might call it the ultimate cold case. In a time when glaciers are quite literally melting before our very eyes, one glacier in the Himalayas has been doing quite the opposite. “It’s been a source of controversy that these glaciers haven’t been changing while other glaciers in the world have,” Sarah Kapnick, a postdoctoral […]

Photo Friday: A Visit To Amdo, Tibet

21 November 2014, by

Khashem Gyal is a photographer who recently documented residents of Amdo, Tibet, located in the northeastern part of the Tibetan Plateau in the series included here. Amdo’s glaciers are the source of Asia’s major rivers including the Yangtze, Yellow and Mekong rivers. Gyal is one of the core members of Plateau Photographers, a participatory multimedia project […]

Going to Extremes: Glacier Boarding, a New Sport

19 November 2014, by

As glaciers the world over melt, some adventure athletes are turning the ice into an extreme playground—and bringing along photographers to record their exploits. One of the new sports they are trying is called glacier boarding, but what that means exactly may depend on who you ask. In Switzerland, canyon guides Claude-Alain Gailland and Gilles Janin […]

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, […]