Crevasses have formed on Iceland glaciers

28 August 2014, by

In the last two days, there have been significant changes in the glaciers and volcanoes in Iceland. There has not yet been an eruption, but the melting of ice indicates that additional heat is reaching the surface. The pattern of earthquakes has also shifted. Scientists from the Icelandic Meteorological Office and the Institute of Earth […]

Humans (surprise!) biggest cause of glacier loss

28 August 2014, by

It’s not quite a “Planet of the Apes” moment, where humans suddenly realize (like Charlton Heston realizing he was on Earth all along) that they themselves were the cause of climate change. A new report in the recent edition of the journal Science is as sobering as it is simple: Humans didn’t used to be […]

Drawing Montana’s glaciers at a glacial pace

27 August 2014, by

With his dog Mylah by his side, the Montana artist Jonathan Marquis climbed up eight glaciers this summer. In addition to an ice-axe and crampons, he took less standard equipment: two graphite pencils and notebooks. These are essential tools for his undertaking, which he has termed his Glacier Drawing Project, an ambitious plan to make […]

As glaciers melt, bodies resurface

26 August 2014, by

In June 2012, an Alaska Army National Guard helicopter was flying over the Colony Glacier on a routine training flight when the crew noticed bits of wreckage scattered on the ice. The twisted metal, bits of cloth and other debris turned out to be all that was left of a C-124 Globemaster II troop transport […]

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Glacier stories you may have missed – 8/25/14

25 August 2014, by

Thajiwas glacier ‘will be history in 10 years’ “Kashmir University’s senior geologist, Prof Shakil Ahmad Ramshoo, has warned that if ‘mass tourism’ to Sonamarg is not stopped, the Thajiwas glacier will soon be a history.” Read more here.   Glacial Melt Pours Iron into Ocean, Seeding Algal Blooms Scientists report in a new study this […]

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Icelandic volcano in Vatnajökull erupts

23 August 2014, by

  Our Icelandic colleagues have just contacted us. Ásdís Jónsdóttir writes “Just a note to tell you that an eruption has begun in Vatnajökull – it is under the outlet of Dyngjujökull. It started about half an hour ago (at quarter past two p.m.). They are evacuating areas to the north of the glacier (they […]

Photo Friday: Ice cave in Kamchatka

22 August 2014, by

Russia’s Kamchatka Peninsula is a remote place by any measure, but it’s worth the trip to see an ice cave nearly a kilometer long that was created by water from a hot spring that flowed under a glacier. Reader Roberto Lopez of Asturias, Spain submitted these pictures from a recent trip. See more of Lopez’s photos […]

Iceland earthquakes continue, evacuations begin

20 August 2014, by

As the earthquakes continue at Bárðarbunga volcano, under Iceland’s largest glacier, local authorities and residents have become increasingly concerned about the risk of outburst floods, though the warning remains at code orange. They recognize that large quantities of water could rush down river valleys if magma should rise to the surface. As a precautionary measure, residents and […]

Far below the ice of a distant moon: Life?

20 August 2014, by

Mars rovers have been tested in Death Valley and Peru. Apollo astronauts used Meteor Crater in Arizona to simulate walking on the moon. Now glaciers have their part to play as stand-ins for outer space. The Jupiter’s icy moon Europa is the destination, Alaska’s Matanuska glacier is the training ground. Scientists think that an ocean […]

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 […]