Iceberg calving events are among the more epic spectacles on the planet. But rarely have humans been lucky enough to see them happen in real time, much less capture one on camera.
West Antarctica’s glaciers are the weakest link in the icy armor that surrounds the massive southern ice sheet. A study published in the Annals of Glaciology last month adds to the pile of crap news about how these glaciers, which extend out over water that’s being warmed by climate change, are susceptible to melting…
Every year, NASA’s Operation Icebridge plumbs the wonders and woes of the ice at both poles, and 2017 is no different. Icebridge’s Antarctic field mission kicked off about a month ago, and satellites and planes are hard at work monitoring glaciers, ice sheets, and sea ice.
Nearly all the ice on Earth is in some state of meltdown. As it spills into the ocean, it raises sea levels. But if you’re curious to know exactly which glaciers are going to drown your corner of the planet, NASA’s got some answers.
The Greenland ice sheet is getting darker, and that’s bad news for the Arctic thermostat, since darker surfaces absorb more heat. Now, a pair of scientists have concluded that in at least one section of Greenland, tiny algae play an outsized role in giving the ice its surprising shade.
It’s well known that Greenland contains a ton of frozen water—enough to raise sea levels by nearly 25 feet were it all to melt. Unfortunately, new research suggests melting may occur faster than we thought as the Earth warms, because of how Greenland’s glaciers are anchored to bedrock.
The Earth contains hints about its past everywhere. And as we hurtle toward a much warmer future, those clues can tell us a lot about what we face.
Satellites have changed how we see the world. That includes being able to watch climate change overrun everything beautiful in agonizing detail.
Climate change and ice, they do not mix. I know it. You know it.
When a trillion ton iceberg snapped off the Antarctic Peninsula’s Larsen C ice shelf in July, the entire world spent a few days geeking out over stunning satellite imagery of Earth’s frozen continent. But those who’ve stuck with the Delaware-sized iceberg, now called A68, on its slow journey into the Weddell Sea, know…
Last summer, a team of geologists set out on an expedition to study Slims River in the Yukon, but when they got there, the once majestic river was nowhere to be seen. The scientists attribute the missing river to a retreating glacier, which caused a dramatic shift in the direction of water flow. It’s yet another…
Watching Sam Favret ski through Mer de Glace makes me think that there probably aren’t too many places in the world that are more fun to ski than that beautiful valley glacier in the Mont-Blanc massif in the French Alps. There are all these narrow pathways to zip through with huge ice walls surrounding you, little…
Over the summer, two enormous avalanches struck the Aru Glacier in Tibet back-to-back. Now, after several months of careful study, scientists think they’ve identified the cause of the first ice slide, which claimed the lives of nine nomadic herders. You’ll be shocked to hear it has to do with climate change.
Last year, a 225 square-mile chunk of West Antarctica’s Pine Island Glacier broke off and tumbled into the sea. Now, Earth scientists at Ohio State University have pinpointed the root cause of the iceberg calving event: a crack that started deep below ground and 20 miles inland.
This past summer, a massive chunk of ice slipped away from a glacier in British Columbia, but no one was there to notice. Using satellite images, a scientist from NASA has now spotted the unusually large iceberg—and he suspects it’s the largest ever seen in North America.
A stunning structure built 150 miles inside the Arctic Circle will serve as a crucial research center for glaciologists. But perhaps more importantly, it will be a place where humans can travel to see the real-time impact of climate change.
Here’s some really cool footage from Flyability that shows a drone exploring a crevasse into the Zermatt Glacier in the Swiss Alps. Flyability says that the ice caves were previously inaccessible to other drones but they managed to get their UAV down the narrow crack because of its protective cage. It’s just really…