glacier Archives - State of the Planet

National Parks in Argentina: Scenery or Sovereignty?

A new study traces the political and economic forces that led to the creation and development of Los Glaciares National Park in Patagonia.

by |October 23, 2020
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Video Projected on Glacier Beckons Worldwide Climate Action

Youth and Greenpeace activists projected a video onto a glacier in Svalbard, following a trend of using glaciers to call attention to the climate emergency.

by |October 15, 2020
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Controversial Alaskan Mine Receives a Push From the Trump Administration

A proposed rare earth element mine on a mountainous island in Alaska is at the center of a geopolitical conflict and an environmental crisis.

by |September 30, 2020
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Perfume Fragrances Found in Glacial Ice on Russia’s Mount Elbrus

An ice core records the dramatic increase in the use of perfumes and other personal care products between the 1930s and 2005.

by |September 17, 2020

Greenland Ice Sheet Reached Tipping Point 20 Years Ago, New Study Finds

The massive ice sheet is now locked into a certain amount of decline. But reducing emissions remains critical to preventing catastrophic loss of the entire ice sheet.

by |September 2, 2020

Twin Ice Caps in Canadian High Arctic Have Disappeared

In another sign of the warming Arctic, satellite images from July 2020 show that the St. Patrick Bay Ice Caps on Canada’s Ellesmere Island have completely melted, as predicted in 2017.

by |August 27, 2020
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Glacier Town at Risk in Next Great New Zealand Earthquake

The tourist town of Franz Josef, at the base of a large glacier of the same name, could be at the epicenter of the next magnitude 8 rupture along the Alpine Fault line.

by |August 21, 2020

Iceland’s Most Active Volcano is Likely Headed for Another Eruption

Monitoring and data suggest the next eruption of the glacial volcano could be anywhere from days away to within the next year. Grímsvötn last erupted in 2011.

by |August 4, 2020

Photo Essay: Living on the Ice in Juneau, Alaska

We’re developing a technique that uses ice-penetrating radar to measure how quickly snow turns to ice. To take our measurements, we needed to camp out in the Juneau icefields for a few weeks.

by |July 26, 2019

Mapping the Seafloor

One of the goals of this expedition is to investigate if water from the Southern Ocean with temperatures above the melting point of glaciers could reach the glaciers in East Antarctica, and if there are any obstacles on the seafloor of the shelf that impact the ability of such water to reach the glaciers and ice streams.

by |April 20, 2015