Roundup: Coronavirus Spreads to Glacier Country, A New Antarctic Feedback Loop, and High Avalanche Danger in the Pacific Northwest

10 February 2020, by

In this week’s Roundup, read about coronavirus’ spread to glacier provinces of China, a far-reaching study on a new Antarctic feedback loop, and the high avalanche danger in Washington State after a series of Pacific storms.

Photo Friday: Province in Turkey Hit by Multiple Avalanches

7 February 2020, by

Two avalanches in Van Province in Turkey have killed 41 and injured nearly 100 more. The avalanches occurred on a glacier-clad mountain known as Hasanbesir Tepesis.

Ancient Viruses Awaken as the Tibetan Plateau Melts

6 February 2020, by

Last month a team of researchers discovered new viruses within ice cores extracted from the Guliya ice cap in the northwestern part of the Tibetan Plateau. As the warming climate causes glaciers to melt, the re-emergence of ancient bacteria and viruses threaten present day species lacking immunity to these pathogens.

Video of the Week: First Footage From Beneath Thwaites Glacier

5 February 2020, by

In this week’s Video of the Week a robot oceanographer takes us 700 meters under the ice to the grounding zone of Thwaites Glacier––the slipping cork of ice keeping the West Antarctic Ice Sheet intact.

Tracing the Reach of An Interdisciplinary Antarctic Study

4 February 2020, by

A study published in 2018 was the first to provide evidence that a positive feedback loop is currently ongoing between the Southern Ocean and the Antarctic Ice Sheet, with significant implications for ocean circulation. In just two years, this research has been cited 22 times across a variety of fields.

Roundup: Himalaya Pollutants, Patagonia Food Web Study, and Snowfall Variability Dictates Glacier Mass Balance

3 February 2020, by

In this week’s Roundup, read about how emissions from the activities of humankind are concentrating on Himalayan glaciers, a food web study on glacier and non-glacier fjords in Patagonia, and how Himalaya-Karakoram glacier mass depends on snowfall variability.

Photo Friday: Lewis Pugh’s East Antarctic Supraglacial Swim

31 January 2020, by

Last week the endurance swimmer and environmental diplomat swam one kilometer across one of the more than 65,000 meltwater lakes that pock the East Antarctic Ice Sheet to generate support for marine protected areas in the Southern Ocean.

Ancient Mosses Add to the Story of the Iceman’s Final Days on Earth

30 January 2020, by

After 5,300 years, Ötzi the Iceman continues to divulge secrets. Scientists recently identified 75 different species of mosses and liverworts in, on and around the glacier mummy that reveal secrets about his final 48 hours.

Video of the Week: We are Staying in Lo Manthang!

29 January 2020, by

The new music video for the Nepali song Lomanthang Mai Basam, by Ramji Khand and Sangita Thapa Magar (featuring Ramji Khand and Sangita Thapa Maga), was shot on location in Upper Mustang, Nepal, and features many breathtaking images of the country’s revered glaciers.

The Right Time to Study the Timing of Glacier Melt and Human Resilience —A New Postdoc Opportunity

28 January 2020, by

University of Oregon scientists seek postdoc fellow to join an interdisciplinary team studying the timing and timescales of glacier and societal change in the Pacific Northwest and Alaska.

Roundup: “At Glacier’s End,” Arctic Seabirds Adapt, and Ice Stream Formation

27 January 2020, by

In this week’s Roundup, read about a new book on Icelandic glaciers by photographer Chris Burkard and writer Matt McDonald, how two species of Arctic seabirds are adapting, and the first video of ice stream formation.

Photo Friday: Glacier Hugging is the New Tree Hugging

24 January 2020, by

Glacier Hugging becomes the new tree hugging. A climate scientist recently posted an image of himself hugging a glacier to his personal Twitter feed. The delightful photo was taken at Portage Glacier in Chugach National Forest in Alaska.