Photo Friday: Piedmont Glacier ‘Like Cold Honey’

13 March 2020, by

Operation IceBridge may have ended, but nostalgia for personal images from the missions, like that of glaciologist Mike MacFerrin, keep it alive. His photo of a piedmont glacier in northeast Greenland reminds us of the fluid nature of ice.

Glacier Retreat Poses Threat to Beer Production

12 March 2020, by

Glacier retreat in Washington State’s Cascade Mountain Range may threaten the irrigation of hops crops in the Yakima Valley, where a large portion of the global supply of hops, a key ingredient in beer production, are grown.

Video of the Week: A Glacial Surge in Pakistan

11 March 2020, by

Less than one percent of glaciers surge. In the Karakoram, however, there is an extraordinarily high concentration of glaciers that do. In this week’s Video of the Week, see how the surging Shishpar Glacier in Pakistani Karakoram threatens human settlements.

French Resort in the Pyrenees Sparks Debate on the Transportation of Snow to Ski Slopes by Helicopter

10 March 2020, by

Last month Luchon-Superbagnères, a resort in the French Pyrenees, used a helicopter to transport approximately fifty tons of snow to its bare, snowless slopes so that it could remain open during the height of tourist season. The blowback has triggered debate over best practices for ski resorts in the region.

Roundup: Thwaites Earthquakes, Peru Glacier Collapse Claims Lives, and an Alaskan Streamflow Study

9 March 2020, by

In this week’s Roundup, cryoseismologists say Thwaites Glacier’s retreat has it so close to the grounding like that it causes earthquakes when it calves, a catastrophic glacier collapse on a popular trekking route in Peru, and a study classifying Alaskan coastal streamflow patterns.

Photo Friday: Norwegian Glacial Ice Preserves Ancient Viking Artifacts

6 March 2020, by

Climate change is rapidly thawing the world’s ice reserves. As glaciers recede, preserved artifacts are exposed, creating opportunity for archaeologists to delve into the secrets of past civilizations.

Photo of Thwaites glacier.

Thwaites Glacier in Antarctica is Now Causing Earthquakes

5 March 2020, by

Thwaites Glacier is one of Antarctica’s largest contributors to sea level rise. Its rate of loss has doubled in the past thirty years. Now glaciologists have discovered that it’s also creating earthquakes as it breaks up.

Video of the Week: Animation Shows Frequency of Antarctic Calving Events

4 March 2020, by

A new animation produced by a satellite imaging glaciologist shows three Antarctic calving events. The events, which occurred between 2017 and 2020, are indicative of the rapid retreat the Pine Island Glacier has experienced in recent years.

A Catastrophic Glacier Collapse and Mudflow in Salkantay, Peru

3 March 2020, by

At least 13 people are dead in the mountains outside Cusco in a devastating glacier collapse and debris flow in a populated valley on a route well-known among trekkers to Machu Picchu.

Roundup: A New Glacier Surge Study, Three Decades of Caucasus Glacier-Debris Change, and Mining Expansion in Greenland

2 March 2020, by

In this week’s Roundup, read about a new study advancing understanding of glacier surges, research spanning nearly 30 years of debris cover change on Caucasus region glaciers, and how mining is poised to take advantage of glacier retreat in Greenland.

Photo Friday: Engabreen Glacier and Subglacial Laboratory

28 February 2020, by

Norway-based glaciologist and IPCC author Miriam Jackson takes us to her office, 200 meters below the ice of Engabreen Glacier, where scientists have been observing the Norway’s fastest retreating glacier since 1992.

Black History Month: Honoring an Arctic Explorer

27 February 2020, by

In April 1909, two men arrived at the North Pole for the first time—but for most of history only one of them was properly recognized for it. Who was the other explorer? A black man named Matthew Henson.