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Skiers Survive 4 Days Trapped on Stormy Glacier

They hunkered down in cave they dug in the snow

(Newser) - Two skiers were rescued from an Alaskan glacier on Tuesday—four days after initially setting out for a day trip. An airplane delivered Jennifer Neyman, 36, and Christopher Hanna, 45, to Bear Glacier in Harding Ice Field on Friday, but bad weather prevented their plane from returning, reports the Alaska ... More »

Vast Find Made in Unknown Region of Antarctica

We know more about the surface of Mars than the bed of Antarctica

(Newser) - For more than 50 years, scientists from across the globe have been painstakingly mapping both poles, trying to get an accurate sense of the rock hidden beneath the ice sheets. Now, thanks to satellite data from multiple organizations and "serendipitous reconnaissance radio-echo sounding data" over the canyons of Antarctica,... More »

Mystery of Vanishing Glacial Lakes Solved

Meltwater causes tension on lake bottoms, spawning hydrofractures

(Newser) - For years, scientists have known glacial lakes can rapidly empty themselves of billions of gallons of water—in at least one case, faster than the speed at which water flows over Niagara Falls. Now, they finally know how it's done. Researchers had guessed that the weight of the water... More »

Beneath Antarctica's Blood Falls, a Clue to Mars?

'Subglacial world' of briny water could hint at life elsewhere

(Newser) - The chillingly named Blood Falls is a fascinating feature of Antarctica's landscape : Interrupting the blanket of frozen white, the falls is a liquid, rusty red. (It's no coincidence that the falls looks rusty: The water gets its color from oxidized iron it carries.) And, as a researcher... More »

Ice Falls From Alaska Glacier, Kills Tourist

Ice cracked as group posed for photo

(Newser) - A 28-year-old Italian tourist was killed in Alaska when he was crushed by a chunk of ice that broke from a glacier, authorities say. Alaska State Troopers say Alexander Hellweger, of Sand in Taufers in northern Italy, died Sunday at Lake George Glacier, north of Anchorage. Hellweger was with a... More »

MIA in Glacier National Park: Actual Glaciers

Receding ice sheets could have big ramifications in the West

(Newser) - "National Park" doesn't have much of a ring to it, but that soon might be a more fitting name for Glacier National Park if its eponymous glaciers keep going the way of the dinosaurs: The New York Times takes a look today at glacier melt in the Montana... More »

How a State With Little Rain Suffered a Huge Mudslide

Mt. Shasta lacked the snow that would have protected glacier from sun

(Newser) - The US Forest Service thinks it knows what caused the boulder-filled mudslide that surged down Northern California's Mt. Shasta on Saturday: the Golden State’s extreme drought conditions . According to the LA Times , scientists think water gushed down from the Konwakiton Glacier, causing a mudslide that picked up increasing... More »

Freshwater Fueling Antarctic Sea Rise

Coastal waters rising faster than rest of ocean

(Newser) - Around 61% of the world's freshwater is locked up in Antarctic ice—but a new study warns that accelerating melting on the continent is helping push up the sea levels around it. Researchers found that between 1992 and 2011, sea levels rose more around Antarctica than in the Southern... More »

Scientists Find Life Half a Mile Below Antarctic Ice

The active ecosystem is below the West Antarctic Ice Sheet

(Newser) - A half a mile below the surface of the West Antarctic Ice Sheet, in a lake that hasn’t been touched by sunshine or wind in millions of years, life goes on. A large US expedition called WISSARD , led by a professor at Montana State University, has unearthed a thriving... More »

17 Men's Remains Recovered From '50s Plane Crash

Remains spent decades under Alaska glacier

(Newser) - The families of 17 servicemen killed when an Air Force transport plane crashed into an Alaskan mountain in 1952 can now finally bury their loved ones. Wreckage from the Globemaster aircraft was found near Mount Gannett in 2012 after having spent decades buried under the ice of Colony Glacier, and... More »

Titanic-Sinking Glacier Hits Record Speed

Greenland ice movement is bad news for sea levels

(Newser) - The glacier that spawned the iceberg that sank the Titanic isn't deliberately trying to send thousands more people to watery graves—but it couldn't be doing much better if it was. Researchers say that as the Arctic warms, Greenland's Jakobshavn glacier has become the fastest-moving glacier in... More »

In Antarctica, a Waterfall Runs Red

Inside the wonders of Blood Falls

(Newser) - It's as eerie as it is breathtaking and surprising: a waterfall in Antarctica that runs blood-red. The appropriately named Blood Falls drops five stories from the Taylor Glacier and into Lake Bonney, its bright red hue like a wound through the glacier. The Smithsonian digs into the story behind... More »

Glacier Yields Victims of 1952 Plane Crash

POW/MIA team scouring Alaska site

(Newser) - More than 60 years after an Air Force plane slammed into Alaska's Mount Gannett, killing all 51 men aboard, a glacier miles away has begun giving up their remains. The military decided it would be near-impossible to recover the remains after the C-124 transport crashed in November 1952, but... More »

Mosses Survive Centuries Under Arctic Glaciers

Tough plants regrew after glacier retreated

(Newser) - The Arctic mosses that thrive in some of the world's most inhospitable locations are even tougher than scientists thought. Researchers found that the hardy mosses on Canada's Ellesmere Island managed to survive being crushed under a glacier for centuries, NPR reports. They were amazed to find green sprigs... More »

Andean Ice That Solidified Over 1,600 Years Melted in 25

Quelccaya ice cap melt reviewed in new paper

(Newser) - The Quelccaya ice cap sits 18,000 feet above sea level, high in the Peruvian Andes, where it earns the title of world's largest tropical ice sheet. But its size is diminishing, and a team of glaciologists have come to a dramatic conclusion about the recent melting. In a... More »

Crazy Video Captures Glacier Tsunami

Boat nearly capsizes in video shot by Jens Møller

(Newser) - Greenland native Jens Møller snagged some incredible video on a recent trip to a glacier, when a huge chunk broke off into the ocean and produced a frighteningly large wave that nearly capsized the boat he was on. Fortunately, Møller's uncle had already started steering the 18-foot... More »

Greenland Ice Melt Wipes Out Bridge

We have seen the future and it's here

(Newser) - In what could be a watery preview of things to come, a massive ice melt in Greenland has wiped out part of a bridge and roadways. A sudden hike in air temperature caused an unprecedented ice thaw , and triggered a flooding runoff from Russell glacier, destroying a key crossing near... More »

Mammoth Iceberg Splits From Greenland Glacier

Changes to glacier 'disturbing,' say alarmed scientists

(Newser) - A colossal iceberg twice the size of Manhattan has broken away from the end of Greenland's Petermann glacier. Another, even bigger, iceberg broke from the northerly glacier in 2010 , and scientists had been keeping an eye on a crack near the glacier's tip for years, reports AP . "... More »

Alaska Quietly Has North America's Biggest Landslide

It registered as a 3.4 earthquake

(Newser) - A landslide in Alaska last month may have been the biggest ever in North America—and it almost went completely unnoticed. A pilot happened to fly over the remote valley beneath Lituya Mountain in Glacier Bay National Park this week and snap pictures of the aftermath, the AP reports. A... More »

Alaska Glacier Yields '50s Plane Wreck

Military cargo plane disappeared after foul weather blocked rescuers

(Newser) - The wreckage of a military plane found this month on an Alaska glacier is that of an Air Force plane that crashed in 1952, killing all 52 people aboard, military officials said yesterday. Army Capt. Jamie Dobson said evidence at the crash site correlates with the missing C-124A Globemaster, but... More »

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