Roundup: Glacier Tourism, Running Records, and Ancient Tree Stumps

China Halts Tourism at a Shrinking Glacier

From Global Times: “All the tourism facilities of the Laohugou Glacier No. 12 have been totally removed by the end of October to preserve the glacier which has sunk by more than 400 meters in the past 60 years.”

Learn more about why China is halting tourism at the glacier here.

Image of the Laohugou Glacier in the Qilian Mountains in northwest China’s Gansu Province (Source: People’s Daily, China/Twitter).

A New Record for Running Set on an Antarctic Glacier

From Purpose 2 Play: “On Nov. 25, elite runner Paul Robinson ran the fastest mile ever recorded in Antarctica, where the temperature was -13 degrees Fahrenheit. His time: 4 minutes, and 17.9 seconds.”

Learn more about Robinson’s epic race here.

A 3000-year-old tree Stump Found Under Melting Icelandic Glacier

From Iceland Review: “Ancient tree stumps found under Breiðamerkurjökull Glacier in Southeast Iceland are confirmed to be roughly 3000-years-old… Examinations revealed that the tree stump died very quickly at 89-years-old in the month of June. Nearby sediments and data suggest that the glacier itself was the culprit.”

Learn more about the details behind the ancient tree stumps here.

Image of the Breiðamerkurjökull glacier in Southeast Iceland where 3000-year-old glaciers were found (Source: Breiðamerkurjökull Glacier/Wikimedia Commons).