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  • ‘Fundamentally unstable’: Scientists confirm their fears about East Antarctica’s biggest glacier

    05/19/2016 9:00:15 AM PDT · by rktman · 24 replies ^ | 5/18/2016 | Chris Mooney
    In the new research, researchers took aircraft-based measurements across the vastness of Totten Glacier, and the extremely deep and thick ice canyons behind it — which scientists call “subglacial basins” — in order to understand a critical yet invisible feature: precisely what the layers of rock beneath the ice are really like. This, in turn, provides a clue to the behavior of this region in past warm eras. When marine-based glaciers move back and forth across a seascape repeatedly, they grind against the seafloor and dig up piles of looser sediment, such as sandstone, depositing them in a new location....
  • 'Sleeping giant' glacier may lift seas two metres: study

    05/18/2016 5:31:55 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 128 replies
    AFP on Yahoo ^ | 5/18/16 | Marlowe Hood
    Paris (AFP) - A rapidly melting glacier atop East Antarctica is on track to lift oceans at least two metres, and could soon pass a "tipping point" of no return, researchers said Wednesday. To date, scientists have mostly worried about the Greenland and West Antarctic ice sheets as dangerous drivers of sea level rise. But the new study, following up on earlier work by the same team, has identified a third major threat to hundreds of millions of people living in coastal areas around the world. "I predict that before the end of the century the great global cities of...
  • missing climbers, preserved in glacier, ‘brings closure and relief’ 16 years after deadly avalanche

    05/03/2016 10:15:45 AM PDT · by BBell · 24 replies ^ | 5/2/16 | Ben Guarino
    Discovery of missing climbers, preserved in glacier, ‘brings closure and relief’ 16 years after deadly avalancheOn the slopes of Tibet’s Shishapangma — the world’s 14th-tallest peak, a glacial mountain that rises some 26,000 feet above sea level — a pair of European climbers stumbled upon the remains of a disaster that struck 16 years earlier. Locked under a layer of blue ice for more than a decade, but exposed in an early melt brought about by hotter than average weather, was another pair of climbers. Hikers David Goettler and Ueli Steck have, in all likelihood, found the resting place of...
  • Simon Malls president: SouthPark glacier ‘was a mistake’ (Another glacier for tree "swap")

    11/08/2015 4:44:17 PM PST · by Sam's Army · 45 replies
    Charlotte Observer ^ | 11/8/15 | Katie Peralta
    SouthPark mall made a mistake when it chose to replace its traditional Christmas tree with a faux glacier, the company’s president said Sunday, and the controversial display will be removed sometime Monday. “It was a mistake, and we had to correct,” Simon Mall President David Contis said Sunday. “If we lose money, so be it.” Indianapolis-based Simon Malls owns SouthPark as well as Charlotte Premium Outlets and Concord Mills. SouthPark Mall shoppers did not take kindly to the mall replacing its traditional Christmas tree with the controversial glacier as part of its Santa display, so the shopping center announced this...
  • Wake up, Obama, climate change has been happening forever

    09/08/2015 8:39:02 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 20 replies
    New York Post ^ | September 8, 2015 | Betsy McCaughey,senior fellow at the London Center for Policy Research
    President Obama hiked to Exit Glacier in Alaska last week, with photographers in tow, to send the world a message: The glacier is melting.Obama blames it on the increasing use of fossil fuels such as coal,oil and natural gas,which he wants to restrict not only in the United States but worldwide. The photo op was designed to build support for an international climate agreement he’s pushing hard to sell, so far with little success......Exit Glacier has been shrinking for 200 years—since 1815—long before widespread industrialization and automobiles. As the president ended his trip,he sounded the alarm again: “This state’s climate...
  • Paring His Bucket List, Obama Relishes Hiking at an Alaskan Glacier (all by himself)

    09/02/2015 2:48:34 PM PDT · by Zakeet · 45 replies
    NY Times ^ | September 1, 2015 | Julie Hirschfeld Davis
    President Obama hiked alone up a gravel path toward Exit Glacier, gazing at a mass of flowing ice as it melted into the plain below. “How’s this?” he marveled as he surveyed the terrain on a cloudless day. “Beats being in the office.” Mr. Obama is in legacy-building mode here in Alaska, where he has come to talk about the rapidly unfolding effects of climate change and the urgent need to address it. He saw the consequences of global warming during his trek to the glacier, which has receded more than a mile over the past 200 years because of...
  • Obama Is Ignoring the Science on Climate Change

    09/02/2015 9:01:46 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 29 replies
    Daily Signal ^ | 9/2/15 | Katie Tubb
    ....Obama gave a doom and gloom speech yesterday at the Global Leadership in the Arctic (GLACIER) conference in Alaska to build momentum for the U.N. climate deal in Paris this December. So far less than one third of countries have submitted plans to cut carbon dioxide emissions by the Wall Street Journal’s count. According to Obama, “Climate change is happening faster than we’re acting” and the world is facing a future of more fires, more melting, more warming, more suffering. But there are at least two major problems with his focus on global warming as he’s presented it in Alaska....
  • Obama Rebuffed As Superpowers Refuse To Sign Arctic Climate Agreement

    09/02/2015 8:46:13 AM PDT · by rktman · 28 replies ^ | 9/2/2015 | Dr. Benny Peiser
    On Sunday and Monday, foreign ministers and other international leaders met in Anchorage, Alaska to attend the Conference on Global Leadership in the Arctic. As a sign of the importance the United States placed on the Alaska forum, President Barack Obama attended. He used the conference as a platform for urging swifter action to combat climate change. After the conference, the representatives of the Arctic Council members signed a joint statement affirming “our commitment to take urgent action to slow the pace of warming in the Arctic.”
  • What's Really Melting: Obama's Alaskan Lies

    09/02/2015 7:49:54 AM PDT · by Biggirl · 14 replies ^ | September 2, 2015 | Steve Milloy
    President Obama’s hike up the rapidly melting Exit Glacier today has run into some unfortunate buzzkill: reality.
  • Details of Bear Spray/Handgun Defense case in Glacier Park

    10/16/2014 1:51:37 PM PDT · by marktwain · 53 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 16 October, 2014 | Dean Weingarten
    On 26 July, 2014, 57-year-old Brian D. Murphy defended himself against a charging grizzly in Glacier National Park.  The case is interesting for a number of reasons.  Two months after the attack, Murphy was charged with discharging a firearm in Glacier Park, a misdemeanor that carries a $500 fine.   On 9 October, a motion to dismiss the charge was put forward by the U.S. Attorney's Office after Murphy's attorney said that they would raise the  defense of self-defense.    Judge Keith Strong granted the motion last Thursday.  From The U.S. Attorney’s Office has dismissed the charge against 57-year-old Brian...
  • Volcanic Rift Valley Under Antarctica Hotter than Expected

    06/13/2014 11:53:12 AM PDT · by Up Yours Marxists · 23 replies
    The Conversation ^ | June 13, 2014 17:10 GMT | Fausto Ferraccioli
    The Thwaites glacier is one of the most rapidly changing in Antarctica. It’s been the focus of considerable attention in recent weeks, after scientists suggested that this sector of the huge West Antarctic Ice Sheet was already on route towards collapse due to warming ocean temperatures. A major collapse of this part of the ice sheet could have dire consequences worldwide, with a global sea level rise of potentially up to 1m. Some models suggest this could take place comparatively rapidly, within a few centuries. But hidden beneath the kilometres of ice in this rapidly changing part of the...
  • Study: West Antarctic Glacier Melt Due to Volcanoes, Not Global Warming

    06/13/2014 6:24:53 AM PDT · by Radio Free Tuscaloosa · 32 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 6/11/2014 | Michael Bastasch
    A new study by researchers at the University of Texas, Austin found that the West Antarctic Ice Sheet is collapsing due to geothermal heat, not man-made global warming.
  • West Antarctic glacier loss: 'We have passed the point of no return'

    05/12/2014 4:39:57 PM PDT · by PaulCruz2016 · 35 replies
    The Christian Science Monitor ^ | 05-12-2014 | Pete Spotts
    Two studies released Monday signal that five glaciers in West Antarctica are undergoing irreversible decline over the next several hundred years, signaling sea level-rise of nearly four feet. Five glaciers that feed continental ice from Antarctica into the Pacific sector of the Southern Ocean – glaciers long seen as the soft underbelly of the West Antarctic Ice Sheet – are undergoing irreversible decline, two new studies indicate.
  • Antarctic glacier 'melted JUST as fast LONG before human carbon emissions'

    02/23/2014 6:55:32 AM PST · by BenLurkin · 22 replies ^ | 21st February 2014 | Lewis Page,
    Top boffins from the British Antarctic Survey say that the Pine Island Glacier - famous as a possible major cause of global-warming-powered sea level rises - was melting just as fast thousands of years ago as it is melting today. “This paper [just published] is part of a wide range of international scientific efforts to understand the behaviour of this important glacier," explains Professor Mike Bentley, one of the leaders of a BAS effort to find out what's going on with the PIG. "The results are clear in showing a remarkably abrupt thinning of the glacier 8000 years ago," adds...
  • Big Antarctic glacier to keep raising seas, even without warming (Pine Island Glacier)

    02/20/2014 4:20:36 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 19 replies
    Yahoo! News ^ | 2/20/14 | Alister Doyle - Reuters
    OSLO (Reuters) - A thawing Antarctic glacier that is the biggest contributor to rising sea levels is likely to continue shrinking for decades, even without an extra spur from global warming, a study showed on Thursday. Scientists said the Pine Island Glacier, which carries more water to the sea than the Rhine River, also thinned 8,000 years ago at rates comparable to the present, in a melt that lasted for decades, perhaps for centuries. "Our findings reveal that Pine Island Glacier has experienced rapid thinning at least once in the past, and that, once set in motion, rapid ice sheet...
  • Two unknown soldiers (discovered in the Presena Glacier in the Italian Alps)

    10/19/2013 6:48:56 AM PDT · by NYer · 22 replies
    Economist ^ | October 9, 2013
    THE BLACK stain on the ice was instantly recognisable. The technician checking a tarpaulin stretched over a section of the Presena Glacier in the Italian Alps—an experimental attempt to slow the melting— quickly called in a rescue party. The block of ice was airlifted to the nearby city of Vicenza. Inside were two soldiers who had fallen at the Battle of Presena in May 1918 and were buried in a crevasse.Their uniforms and their location indicated that they could well have been Kaiserschützen, specialised mountain troops who fought on behalf of the Austro-Hungarian Empire to defend these mountains from...
  • Antarctic's Pine Island glacier produces giant iceberg

    07/09/2013 5:36:38 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 13 replies
    BBC News ^ | 7/9/13 | Jonathan Amos
    Pine Island Glacier (PIG), the longest and fastest flowing glacier in the Antarctic, has spawned a huge iceberg. The block measures about 720 sq km in area - roughly eight times the size of Manhattan Island in New York. Scientists have been waiting for the PIG to calve since October 2011 when they first noticed a spectacular crack spreading across its surface. Confirmation that the fissure had extended the full width of the glacier was obtained on Monday. It was seen by the German TerraSAR-X satellite. This carries a radar instrument that can detect the surface of the ice stream...
  • Glacier Moving On Land In Minn (Houses Damaged, Amazing video)

    05/12/2013 5:44:50 PM PDT · by My Favorite Headache · 18 replies
    Live Leak ^ | 5/12/2013
    Glacier like ice moving across Mille Lacs lake, damaging houses. Read more at
  • Largest Glacier-Calving Ever Filmed....

    03/26/2013 5:36:49 PM PDT · by Doogle · 31 replies
    YT ^ | 12/14/12 | weareexposure
    On May 28, 2008, Adam LeWinter and Director Jeff Orlowski filmed a historic breakup at the Ilulissat Glacier in Western Greenland . The calving event lasted for 75 minutes and the glacier retreated a full mile across a calving face three miles wide. The height of the ice is about 3,000 feet, 300-400 feet above water and the rest below water.
  • World War I era ammunition frozen in a glacier for nearly a century has been found in N. Italy

    09/02/2012 7:17:19 PM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 28 replies
    Daily Mail (U.K.) ^ | September 2, 2012 | Alex Gore
    First World War ammunition frozen in time for nearly a century has been found as glacier melts WWI ammunition frozen in time for nearly a century has been discovered in northern Italy. More than 200 pieces of the ammunition were revealed at an altitude of 3,200 metres by a melting glacier on the Ago de Nardis peak in Trentino. The 85-100mm caliber explosives weighed between seven and 10 kilos and explosives experts have been to the site to safely dispose of the weaponry. The once-perennial glacier began partially melted during a recent heat wave, allowing the Finance Police Alpine rescue...
  • A stunning photo captures growing Antarctic ice rift

    02/01/2012 8:44:41 PM PST · by Paul Pierett · 39 replies
    MSMBC.COM ^ | Feb. 1, 2012 | OurAmazingPlanet staff
    A massive crack in a huge sheet of Antarctic ice discovered in mid-October last year is steadily growing, as seen in recently released satellite images... The recent discovery that the glacier has markedly sped up over the last decade has provoked a flurry of research interest in Pine Island Glacier and its ice shelf, whose sudden changes are almost undoubtedly caused by climate change and warming oceans in the region.
  • Glacier thief arrested in Chile

    02/01/2012 6:53:19 PM PST · by AnalogReigns · 31 replies
    The Guardian ^ | 1 February 2012 | Rory Carroll
    <p>Climate change sceptics have acquired a new explanation for why glaciers are retreating: it's not global warming, it's theft.</p> <p>Police in Chile have arrested a man on suspicion of stealing five tonnes of ice from the Jorge Montt glacier in the Patagonia region to sell as designer ice cubes in bars and restaurants.</p>
  • Huge Crack Discovered in Antarctic Glacier (part of a natural process)

    11/02/2011 7:37:47 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 24 replies on Yahoo ^ | 11/2/11 | OurAmazingPlanet Staff
    A huge, emerging crack has been discovered in one of Antarctica's glaciers, with a NASA plane mission providing the first-ever detailed airborne measurements of a major iceberg breakup in progress. NASA's Operation Ice Bridge, the largest airborne survey of Earth's polar ice ever flown, is in the midst of its third field campaign from Punta Arenas, Chile. .. The glaciers of the Antarctic, and Greenland, Ice Sheets, commonly birth icebergs that break off from the main ice streams where they flow in to the sea, a process called calving. The crack was found in c, which last calved a significant...
  • Rangers issue grizzly warnings after Glacier bear attack

    08/08/2011 5:44:45 PM PDT · by marktwain · 14 replies ^ | 6 August, 2011 | Dennis Bragg
    (WEST GLACIER)- Glacier National Park rangers have closed the popular trial to Piegan Pass while rangers investigate the latest grizzly attack in the park. The 50-year man was hiking the trail alone from Many Glacier to Piegan Pass when he rounded a corner and surprised the sow and another small bear. Rangers say the hiker was carrying bear spray but was unable to use it before the bear was on him. The hiker sustained bites to his left thigh and left forearm, before the bear grabbed his foot, shook him, released him and left. The man was able to hike...
  • UN warns of glacier meltdown

    12/07/2010 10:50:38 AM PST · by NormsRevenge · 22 replies
    AFP on Yahoo ^ | 12/7/10 | AFP
    CANCUN, Mexico (AFP) – Glaciers are melting faster in southern South America and Alaska than in Europe and communities need to adapt their living habits to the meltdown, said a UN report released in Mexico Tuesday. Many low-lying glaciers may disappear over the coming decades, with the northwest United States, southwest Canada and the Arctic also affected, according to the report compiled by the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP) and scientists, presented at a UN climate summit in Cancun, Mexico. Changes in rain patterns and shrinking rivers will reduce water as well as food supplies to many communities, the report...
  • Another Ice Island Breaks Off Arctic Glacier (Bermuda-sized, smaller than last month's tho)

    08/28/2010 2:08:52 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 29 replies ^ | 8/28/10 | Live Science
    Sometime earlier this month, a Bermuda-sized ice island broke free from the Ward Hunt Ice Shelf along the northern coast of Canada's Ellesmere Island. The breakup on this ice shelf continued a years-long pattern of retreat on the Ward Hunt Ice Shelf, and a decades-long pattern of retreat of the ice shelves along the Ellesmere coast in the high Arctic. NASA's Aqua satellite detected fractures on the shelf on Aug. 18. Compared to images of the ice shelf from eight years earlier, the fractures show the dramatic change to the coast. The fractures on the shelf in 2010 are immediately...
  • France drains glacier to protect village from flood

    08/25/2010 4:03:28 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 11 replies
    AFP on Yahoo ^ | 8/25/10 | Estelle Emonet
    SAINT-GERVAIS-LES-BAINS, France (AFP) – French authorities set about draining a lake trapped beneath a glacier in the Mont Blanc Alpine range on Wednesday to protect thousands of people in the valley below from a flood. Workers toiled at an altitude of 3,200 metres (10,500 feet), pouring hot water on the ice to make a hole through which they will push a pump and start tapping off the water that has accumulated below one of the glaciers. Some 65,000 cubic metres (2.3 million cubic feet) of water have gathered in a cavity which is under immense pressure from the ice above....
  • Report: Former Sen. Stevens died in crash Email Print Link

    08/10/2010 10:02:23 AM PDT · by pissant · 93 replies · 1+ views
    Chicago Trib ^ | 8/10/10 | staff
    KTUU, an NBC-affiliate station in Anchorage, is reporting that former Sen. Ted Stevens (R) has died in the crash near Dillingham in the Southwest Alaska. Dave Dittman, a former aide and longtime family friend of former Sen. Ted Stevens says Stevens was killed in a plane crash near Dillingham Monday night. Nine people were on board, including former NASA Chief Sean O'Keefe. Five people were killed in the crash, but other identities were not known, nor are the conditions of the survivors. Late through the night rescue crews were battling bad weather conditions to reach the scene, where Good Samaritan...
  • Ice Chunk Larger Than Manhattan (four times the size) Breaks Off Greenland Glacier

    08/07/2010 6:38:15 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 55 replies ^ | 8/7/10 | Live Science
    A chunk of ice four times the size of Manhattan has calved from Greenland's Petermann Glacier, scientists announced today. The last time the Arctic lost such a large chunk of ice was in 1962. "In the early morning hours of August 5, 2010, an ice island four times the size of Manhattan was born in northern Greenland," said Andreas Muenchow, associate professor of physical ocean science and engineering at the University of Delaware. Satellite imagery of this remote area at 81 degrees north latitude and 61 degrees west longitude, about 620 miles (1,000 kilometers) south of the North Pole, reveals...
  • Big Chunk of Ice Breaks Off of Greenland Glacier (one-eighth the size of Manhattan)

    07/12/2010 11:15:43 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 50 replies · 1+ views
    A huge chunk of ice about one-eighth the size of Manhattan has broken off of Greenland's Jakobshavn Isbrae glacier, NASA scientists report. A 2.7-square-mile (7-square-kilometer) section of the glacier broke up on July 6 and 7 and was spotted in NASA satellite images. Greenland's ice sheet, which is 2 miles (3.2 km) thick and covers an area about the size of Mexico, has been losing ice mass at an accelerating rate over the last decade. The ice sheet discharges much of its ice through fast moving glaciers that flow into the sea, with large chunks breaking off into the ocean....
  • Geology Picture of the Week, April 11-17, 2010: Creux-du-Van

    04/14/2010 8:27:59 PM PDT · by cogitator · 16 replies · 729+ views
    Panoramio ^ | Various | Various
    Tooling around Panoramio, I found the Creux-du-Van in Switzerland, near Lac de Neuchatel. My first thought when looking at this was: "I'll bet they lost a lot of sheep on this thing." What's the Creux-du-Van? From Magic Places of Switzerland: Creux-du-Van And from Wikipedia: Creux-du-Van It's a cirque. And an impressive one. You can find it with "Creux-du-Van, Switzerland" on Google Maps. This is a good area for Swiss cheese, I believe. Click for full size. Click for full size. Click for full size. Click for full size.
  • Peru glacier collapses, injures 50

    04/12/2010 1:33:26 PM PDT · by TaraP · 36 replies · 1,191+ views
    AFP via Space Daily ^ | April 11, 2010
    <p>Around 50 people suffered injuries Sunday when part of a glacier broke off and burst the Hualcan River banks in a development the local governor attributed to climate change.</p>
  • The IPCC's Abominable Snowmen

    01/20/2010 5:30:54 PM PST · by Kaslin · 10 replies · 663+ views ^ | January 20, 2010 | INVESTORS BUSINESS DAILY Staff
    A U.N. warning that Himalayan glaciers were melting fast and may be gone by 2035 was not backed up by science, U.N. climate experts admitted Wednesday Global Warming: The scientists who said that Himalayan glaciers will be gone by 2035 have admitted the claim has as much credibility as sightings of the mythical Yeti. It's their fraudulent claims that are melting away. We hesitate to call it Glacier-gate, but the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, the U.N. body tasked with scaring us to death about global warming, has admitted that the claim in its 2007 report about the Himalayan...
  • UN climate panel regrets Himalaya glacier data in report (IPCC eats bucket of Himalayan 'Crow')

    01/20/2010 9:58:27 AM PST · by NormsRevenge · 14 replies · 781+ views
    AFP on Yahoo ^ | 1/20/10 | AFP
    GENEVA (AFP) – The UN's climate scientists said on Wednesday that an estimate on the fate of Himalayan glaciers which featured in a benchmark report on global warming had been "poorly substantiated" and was a lapse in standards. Charges that the reference was highly inaccurate or overblown have stoked pressure on the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), already assailed in a separate affair involving hacked email exchanges. The new row focuses on a paragraph in the IPCC's Fourth Assessment Report in 2007, a 938-page triple-volume opus that warned climate change was on the march and spurred politicians around the...
  • World misled over Himalayan glacier meltdown

    01/16/2010 3:29:28 PM PST · by lump in the melting pot · 17 replies · 1,409+ views
    Times Online ^ | January 17, 2010 | Jonathan Leake and Chris Hastings
    A WARNING that climate change will melt most of the Himalayan glaciers by 2035 is likely to be retracted after a series of scientific blunders by the United Nations body that issued it.
  • Major Antarctic glacier is 'past its tipping point' (It's a catastrophe!!!!)

    01/13/2010 5:39:13 PM PST · by Free ThinkerNY · 66 replies · 2,388+ views ^ | Jan. 13, 2010 | Shanta Barley
    A major Antarctic glacier has passed its tipping point, according to a new modelling study. After losing increasing amounts of ice over the past decades, it is poised to collapse in a catastrophe that could raise global sea levels by 24 centimetres. Pine Island glacier (PIG) is one of many at the fringes of the West Antarctic ice sheet. In 2004, satellite observations showed that it had started to thin, and that ice was flowing into the Amundsen Sea 25 per cent faster than it had 30 years before. Now, the first study to model changes in the ice sheet...
  • Himalayan glaciers' 'mixed picture'

    12/01/2009 11:39:31 AM PST · by decimon · 10 replies · 531+ views
    BBC ^ | Dec 1, 2009 | Navin Singh Khadka
    > Some recent findings seem to contradict claims that the glaciers are retreating rapidly. Some glaciers are even said to be advancing. > In the western Himalayas, some scientists have also reported findings that conflict with the long-held view that glaciers are retreating. The Indian government has issued a discussion paper based on these findings. It says: "Himalayan glaciers, although shrinking in volume and constantly showing a retreating front, have not in any way exhibited... an abnormal annual retreat, of the order that some glaciers in Alaska and Greenland are reported to have done. "It is premature to make a...
  • Indian Scientists Call UN Glacier Retreat Claim Unscientific

    08/29/2009 2:00:54 PM PDT · by Signalman · 6 replies · 597+ views
    ClimateChangeFraud.cokm ^ | 8/29/2009 | EIRNS
    Disputing the forecast made by the United Nations body studying global warming, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), which warned in early May that the glaciers in the world's highest mountain range could vanish within three decades, V.K. Raina, a leading glaciologist and former Additional Director-General of Geological Survey of India (GSI), claimed recently that the issue of glacial retreat is being sensationalized by a few individuals. Raina, who has been associated with the research and data collection in over 25 glaciers in India and abroad, debunked the theory that the Gangotri glacier is retreating alarmingly. He maintains that...
  • Coal mine threat to Glacier draws United Nations attention (a "World Heritage Site in Danger" ?)

    07/09/2009 1:26:15 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 16 replies · 767+ views
    Hungry Horse News ^ | 7/9/09 | Chris Peterson
    A United Nations delegation will travel to Glacier National Park and the North Fork to see for itself the threats of mining and coal bed methane development could have on the Park. Meeting in Spain last week the 21-member United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization's World Heritage Committee voted unanimously to send a mission to Waterton-Glacier and the Canadian Flathead. American and Canadian interests were in Spain last week to lobby UNESCO to list Glacier as a "World Heritage Site in Danger" — a dubious distinction as Glacier nears its 100th birthday. Will Hammerquist, the Glacier representative of the...
  • Glacier Grows Despite Global Warming

    06/14/2009 7:17:18 PM PDT · by ArtyFO · 14 replies · 624+ views
    AOL ^ | AOL
    BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (June 14) – Argentina's Perito Moreno glacier is one of only a few ice fields worldwide that have withstood rising global temperatures. Nourished by Andean snowmelt, the glacier constantly grows even as it spawns icebergs the size of apartment buildings into a frigid lake, maintaining a nearly perfect equilibrium since measurements began more than a century ago.
  • Argentine glacier advances despite global warming

    06/14/2009 3:09:36 PM PDT · by Simmy2.5 · 21 replies · 1,041+ views
    AP via Yahoo ^ | June 14, 2009 | By JEANNETTE NEUMANN
    BUENOS AIRES, Argentina – Argentina's Perito Moreno glacier is one of only a few ice fields worldwide that have withstood rising global temperatures. Nourished by Andean snowmelt, the glacier constantly grows even as it spawns icebergs the size of apartment buildings into a frigid lake, maintaining a nearly perfect equilibrium since measurements began more than a century ago. "We're not sure why this happens," said Andres Rivera, a glacialist with the Center for Scientific Studies in Valdivia, Chile. "But not all glaciers respond equally to climate change."
  • Geology Picture of the Week, May 17-23, 2009: Lake Pukaki, New Zealand

    05/21/2009 9:23:40 PM PDT · by cogitator · 11 replies · 1,090+ views
    Panoramio ^ | Various
    I was looking at an image of New Zealand from space, and I noticed a bright blue lake on the South Island. I was pretty sure why it was blue (suspended glacial flour, like Lake Louise in Banff), but I checked to make sure. Turns out, as are many bright blue scenic mountain lakes around the world, this is a scenic spot. If I ever take a trip to New Zealand, I'm pretty sure I'd run out of time before I ran out of places to see! So here's a variety of views of that lake, New Zealand's Lake Pukaki....
  • Photo: Glacier "Bleeds" Proof of Million-Year-Old Life-Forms

    04/16/2009 2:03:11 PM PDT · by JoeProBono · 19 replies · 1,267+ views
    nationalgeographic ^ | April 16, 2009 | Mason Inman
    Gushing from a glacier, rust-stained Blood Falls contains evidence that microbes have survived in prehistoric seawater deep under ice for perhaps millions of years, a new study says. The colony of microscopic life-forms may have been trapped when Antarctica's then advancing Taylor Glacier reached into the ocean 1.5 to 4 million years ago. What's more, the tiny organisms' feeding habits apparently give the falls their shocking color. Blood Falls, Scientists Jump For decades researchers have been intrigued by Blood Falls, which incongruously spills from one of the driest parts of Antarctica, the aptly named Dry Valleys. "The Dry Valleys are...
  • Chunk of NZ glacier crushes 2 Australian tourists (apparently ignored rope barriers)

    01/08/2009 1:09:03 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 28 replies · 1,134+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 1/8/09 | AP
    WELLINGTON, New Zealand – A falling chunk of glacier crushed two brothers to death at a popular tourist spot, and one remained buried under ice blocks the size of large vehicles, police said Friday. The two Australians apparently ignored rope barriers set up to prevent hikers from wandering into dangerous areas.
  • Scientists have discovered a new ultra-small species of bacteria that has survived for more than...

    10/01/2008 11:20:31 AM PDT · by LibWhacker · 11 replies · 438+ views
    weirdnews4u ^ | 10/1/08
    A team of Penn State scientists has discovered a new ultra-small species of bacteria that has survived for more than 120,000 years within the ice of a Greenland glacier at a depth of nearly two miles. The microorganism's ability to persist in this low-temperature, high-pressure, reduced-oxygen, and nutrient-poor habitat makes it particularly useful for studying how life, in general, can survive in a variety of extreme environments on Earth and possibly elsewhere in the solar system. The work will be presented by Jennifer Loveland-Curtze, a senior research associate in the laboratory led by Jean Brenchley, Professor of Biochemistry and Molecular...
  • Alpine melt reveals ancient life [ Schnidejoch glacier ]

    08/26/2008 5:51:59 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 12 replies · 250+ views
    BBC News ^ | Sunday, August 24, 2008 | Imogen Foulkes
    Melting alpine glaciers are revealing fascinating clues to Neolithic life in the high mountains... Everyone knows the story of Oetzi the Ice Man, found in an Austrian glacier in 1991. Oetzi was discovered at an altitude of over 3,000m. He lived in about 3,300 BC, leading to speculation that the Alps may have had more human habitation than previously suspected. Now, more dramatic findings from the 2,756m Schnidejoch glacier in Switzerland have confirmed the theory. It all started at the end of the long hot summer of 2003, when a Swiss couple, hiking across a melting Schnidejoch, came across a...
  • Greenland Glacier Breakup Suggests Imminent Disintegration (Petermann Glacier Break-Up Alert!)

    08/21/2008 1:55:30 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 63 replies · 5,672+ views on Yahoo ^ | 8/21/08 | Andrea Thompson
    New satellite images reveal that a massive ice chunk recently broken away from one of Greenland's glaciers, which researchers say will continue to disintegrate within the next year. Scientists at Ohio State University monitoring daily NASA satellite images of Greenland's glaciers discovered that an 11-square-mile (29-square-kilometer) piece of the Petermann Glacier broke away between July 10 and 24. The chunk was about half the size of Manhattan. They announced their finding today. Glaciers are large, slow-moving rivers of ice, formed at the poles and in alpine regions by layers of compacted snow. The Petermann Glacier is one of the approximately...
  • Geology Picture of the Week, May 18-24, 2008: Mount Adams and Adams Glacier

    05/22/2008 9:26:25 AM PDT · by cogitator · 8 replies · 156+ views
    KayakCam, others | Various | Various
    I've been to the Pacific NW a few times, and Mount Adams has always fascinated me. It's very prominent from Mount Saint Helens, and the face of the mountain is dominated by a deep opening which harbors Adams Glacier. The funny thing is, very few pictures of the mountain give a good impression of the side with the glacier. Anyway, here's a couple views of it. I didn't realized that Mount Adams is the second-highest peak in Washington State after Rainier. Adams Glacier This one shows it, but it's lower resolution that I would like. This one is pretty good....
  • Scientists Tantalize With 'Iceman' Findings (Canada)

    04/04/2008 7:56:26 AM PDT · by blam · 9 replies · 200+ views
    The Vancouver Sun ^ | 4-4-2008 | Darah Hansen
    Scientists tantalize with 'iceman' findings Darah Hansen, Vancouver Sun Published: Friday, April 04, 2008 Scientists from around the world who have been studying the centuries-old human remains that melted out of a glacier in northwestern British Columbia in 1999 will gather for the first time in Victoria later this month to talk about what they've learned from the unnamed "iceman." The Kwäday Dän Ts'ìnchi Symposium will be held April 24-27 at the University of Victoria. It is being held in conjunction with the Northwest Anthropology Conference. The conference brings together more than 30 researchers from fields as diverse as archeology,...
  • Scientist Chases Fast-Melting Tropical Glaciers

    01/14/2008 2:42:50 PM PST · by blam · 23 replies · 127+ views
    National Geographic News ^ | 1-14-2008 | Charles J Hanley
    Scientist Chases Fast-Melting Tropical Glaciers Charles J. Hanley in Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea Associated PressJanuary 14, 2008 For 5,000 years, great tongues of ice have spread over some of the tallest slopes of tropical New Guinea—the remotest reaches of this remote tropical island. Now those glaciers are melting, and Lonnie Thompson must reach them before they're gone. To the American glaciologist, the ancient ice is a vanishing "archive" of the story of El Niño, the equatorial phenomenon driving much of the world's climate. More than that, the little-explored glaciers are a last unknown for a mountaineering scientist who for...