The Perito Moreno glacier in Patagonia. The sheer number of seracs gives the impression that the glacier’s surface is covered in dragon scales.
The parable of the dragons underlines the need to apprehend glacier disappearance in a transdisciplinary way, to create a dialogue between the physical, ecological and philosophical sciences.
As Greenland’s glaciers retreat, they are losing ice at a faster and faster rate.
Greenland's glaciers have retreated so far that they can no longer support the ice sheet that feeds them. The ice sheet system has reached a new normal of consistent annual ice loss.
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Our research found these remote Arctic islands are particularly vulnerable to climate change.
Ice core analysis can help us better understand historical ‘black swan’ events like pandemics and droughts.
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Ice cores can preserve evidence of 'black swan' events like pandemics and droughts, but the glaciers from which they are collected are disappearing.
For the first time, scientists have been able to quantify how much climate change contributed to glacial melt, using more than 40 years of data from New Zealand's retreating glaciers.
Debris covered Khumbu glacier in the Everest region of Nepal.
How speculation came to be presented as scientific fact and inspired a decidedly non-glacial race to discover the future of Himalayan glaciers.
Auckland's extreme drought and the rapid retreat of glaciers in the Southern Alps both highlight how important long-term observations are for water management policy and planning.
A glacial depositional feature – an erratic – is a large rock that has been ‘bull-dozed’ and deposited by a moving glacier.
These findings are in stark contrast with the original worldview that suggested the entire globe was at a maximum glaciated state around 20 000 years ago.
Glacier mice were first documented in 1951, but they continue to mystify scientists.
Glacier mice aren't rodents – they're mysterious balls of moss that manage to live in one of the world's harshest environments.
Our study explores the factors which cause glacial erosion.
Lake Jialong in the Central Himalaya is a new lake created by glacial meltwater.
Meltwater lakes forming at the head of glaciers are causing them to shrink faster, which will affect the flow of big rivers that supply millions of people downstream in Asia.
Water tower of the Andes.
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Global heating could reduce mountain glacier snow and ice by up to 80% by 2100, threatening major drinking water supplies.
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Satellite research confirms its enormous ice sheet is melting faster than most scientists predicted.
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'Black carbon' from rainforest fires is settling on glaciers and making them melt faster, according to new research.
Harvesting wheat in the Peruvian Andes.
Peruvian glaciers have shrunk by 25% since 1987, causing water shortages in rural villages. But ancient technology could help manage this precious resource.
A small boat in the Illulissat Icefjord is dwarfed by the icebergs that have calved from the floating tongue of Greenland’s largest glacier, Jacobshavn Isbrae.
Sea levels could rise by two metres by 2100, sparking a refugee crisis unlike anything the world has ever seen.
Zambezi river delta, snapped by Landsat 8 in March 2018.
Satellites hundreds of miles overheard are helping scientists to predict drought, track floods and see how climate change is changing access to water resources.
The source of the Yamuna River, one of the major rivers draining the Himalayas.
A new report predicts that one-third of the ice in the Himalayas will melt, even if we contain global warming to 1.5C. So what does that mean for the flood-prone valleys below?
The Quelccaya Glacier in Peru, which has major social and economic value, is disappearing along with other tropical glaciers.
A climate scientist has been visiting the same glacier in Peru for years and explains the complex effects its rapid melting is having.
Mean annual air temperature on Everest is –13°C at 7,000 metres elevation, and yet the ice in its highest glacier is only –3.3°C.