Blood Falls: Origins and Life in Subglacial Environments

27 March 2019, by

A new study on Antarctica’s Blood Falls reveals the origins of the unique bright-red discharge, and what it could mean for finding life elsewhere in our solar system.

Nevado Ausangate Glaciers, Peru Retreat, and Lake Formation

26 March 2019, by

Mauri Pelto, a glaciologist at Nichols College in Massachusetts and author of the American Geophysical Union blog From a Glacier’s Perspective, analyzes the retreat of the Ausangate Glaciers in Peru.

Roundup: Catastrophe on Mt. Ararat, Albedo Effect in the Alps, and Meltwater in Greenland

25 March 2019, by

In this week’s Roundup, read about an analysis of an 1840 catastrophe on Turkey’s Mt. Ararat, new insights on the albedo effect in the Swiss Alps, and the impact of meltwater in a High Arctic fjord.

Photo Friday: Taurus Mountain Range and the Last of Turkey’s Glaciers

22 March 2019, by

Turkey was once home to several large glaciers, many residing in the Taurus mountain range. Over the last few decades, their areas of coverage has decreased tremendously with changes in climate. Very few glaciers exist today.

Rising Temperatures Threaten Biodiversity Along the Antarctic Peninsula

21 March 2019, by

The 800-mile-long Antarctica Peninsula is one of the fastest warming regions on the planet. The rising temperatures have led to significant glacial melting, which is a threat to the ecosystem’s biodiversity.

Video of the Week: The Graceful Flow of an Ellesmere Island Glacier

20 March 2019, by

GlacierHub’s Video of the Week features animated satellite images of a piedmont glacier on Ellesmere Island, which lies in the Canadian Arctic territory of Nunavut.

Mongolia’s Cashmere Goats Graze a Precarious Steppe

20 March 2019, by

Mongolia’s grasslands are being degraded by climate change and heavy goat populations, driven by global cashmere demand.

University of Lausanne Launches Interdisciplinary Mountain Research Center

19 March 2019, by

Iago Otero and Emmanuel Reynard describe the launch of the Interdisciplinary Center for Mountain Research at the University of Lausanne—a four-year pilot project focused on contributing to the sustainable development of mountain regions.

Roundup: Andean Land-Use Change, Glacier Chronology in the US, and Mount Everest Way

18 March 2019, by

In this week’s Roundup, read about local perceptions of land-use change in the Andes, an updated chronology of glaciation in the western US, and the dedication of Mount Everest Way in Jackson Heights, Queens.

United Nations Steps for Building Functional Early Warning Systems

14 March 2019, by

The United Nation’s “Five Approaches to Build Functional Early Warning Systems” emphasizes the importance of these systems as a necessary tool for improving quality of life and in building resilient nations.

Kashmir’s Water: New Weapon of War for India and Pakistan?

13 March 2019, by

Water is one of the most important aspects of India and Pakistan’s 70-year dispute over Kashmir. How will climate change impact water availability and future political tensions in the region?

Roundup: GLOF Risk Perception in Nepal, UAV’s in the Andes, and Swiss Avalanches

11 March 2019, by

This week’s roundup covers GLOF Risk Perception in Nepal, the use of UAV’s to track soil moisture in the Andes, and the use of explosives to trigger controlled avalanches in Switzerland.