Roundup: State of Glaciers and Glacier’s End Nature Preserve

2014 State of the Climate: Mountain Glaciers

“In 2014, glaciers continued to shrink. Based on an analysis of more than three dozen reference glaciers with long-term monitoring, the 2014 BAMS State of the Climate reports that in 2014, glaciers experienced an average loss of 853 millimeters of water equivalent, meaning the equivalent depth of water (spread out over the entire glacier area) that would be produced from the amount of melted snow or ice. This loss was not quite as severe the loss from 2013 (887 millimeters), but it still counted among the larger losses recorded since 1980.”

Alaska’s Lemon Creek Glacier in September 2014
Alaska’s Lemon Creek Glacier, Sept 2014. Courtesy of NOAA Climate and Chris McNeil

Read more about the state of mountain glaciers in 2014 here. To check out the full text of NOAA’s 2014 State of the Climate, click here.


Family documents retreating glaciers for 100 years

Mary Vaux in 1914
Mary Vaux in 1914. Image credits to Wikipedia

“The glaciers of Western Canada have fascinated an American family for generations. The Vaux family began to document the retreat of the enormous masses of ice in the Canadian Rockies, which had already begun in the late 1800s. Henry Vaux Jr., who carried on the glacier-watching mission of his ancestors more than 100 years later, recreating many of the photographs himself, spoke to the Homestretch this week. His photography will be featured at a summer-long photo exhibit that kicked off this week at Banff’s Whyte Museum.”

To see the Vaux photo collection and to learn more, click here.


Nature preserve planned at site where glaciers stopped

Johnson County Courthouse
Johnson County, IN

“A land preservation group plans to open a nature preserve at a central Indiana site where glaciers stopped some 12,000 years ago. The Central Indiana Land Trust says its latest purchase will allow for the creation of the 550-acre Glacier’s End Nature Preserve near the Johnson County town of Nineveh. The group says the forest site is a mix of land flattened by glaciers and that similar to the rolling hills of nearby Brown County. The property about 25 miles south of Indianapolis includes steep bluffs and is home to some rare bird species.”

Read more about the planned nature reserve here.