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Hidden History Revealed By Receding Glaciers

Hidden History Revealed By Receding Glaciers Sep 9th, 2013 at 2:50PM: Michael Gwyther-Jones, Flickr Well at least global warming is good for something. The rise in Earth's temperature is making snow lines and glaciers recede on mountain ranges all over the world. While this is a worrying trend, it's revealing hidden bits of history to archaeologists. In Norway, the receding Lendbreen glacier at 6,560 feet above the sea level has revealed an ancient wool...

Norwegian Scientists Plan To Freeze Themselves In Polar Ice

Norwegian Scientists Plan To Freeze Themselves In Polar Ice Jun 16th, 2013 at 2:00PM: Wikimedia Commons A hundred and twenty years ago, Norwegian scientist Fridtjof Nansen started a journey that made him one of the greatest explorers of all time. He set out to purposely get his ship frozen in the polar ice. The reason? To study polar currents. His ship, the Fram, was purpose-built for the task. It needed to be; many crews had perished in the far north when their ships got frozen...

How Did China Misplace 27000 Rivers?

How Did China Misplace 27000 Rivers? May 3rd, 2013 at 8:00AM: When China set out to conduct its First National Census of Water, government officials expected to get a better understanding of the country's rivers and other aquatic resources. But the results of that census have left some environmentalists wondering what happened to all of China's waterways and if there is a looming water crisis for the world's most populous nation. Prior to conducting the...

Yosemite's Largest Glacier Has Stopped Advancing

Yosemite's Largest Glacier Has Stopped Advancing Feb 12th, 2013 at 8:00AM: For years we've heard environmental scientists and researchers tell us how climate change is having a profound effect on glaciers across the globe. In many parts of the planet, increased temperatures have caused the giant sheets of ice to dramatically recede or disappear altogether. That process has now begun to take place in one of America's most iconic landscapes - Yosemite National Park. ...

Photo Of The Day: Snow On A Beach In South Korea

Photo Of The Day: Snow On A Beach In South Korea Jan 29th, 2013 at 6:00PM: A fresh coating of snow can't stop this child from enjoying a day on the beach in Gangneung, South Korea. Flickr user BaboMike describes the very surreal setting in which he captured today's Photo of the Day: Not the usual day at the beach. Fresh snow coupled with a beautiful day [makes for] a very unusual day out. No swimming or bikinis here. This kid was just throwing snow at his...

Retreating Italian Glacier Reveals Dead From World War I

Retreating Italian Glacier Reveals Dead From World War I Oct 2nd, 2012 at 1:00PM: Two soldiers' bodies from World War I have been discovered on an Italian mountain, the Telegraph reports. Workers on the Presena glacier in the Trentino-Alto Adige region of the Dolomites in Italy found the bodies at an altitude of 9,850 feet. The glacier has been receding because of an unusually hot summer and the workers were covering it with a giant tarpaulin to keep it from thawing further....

Video Of The Day: Kiribati Sinking

Aug 1st, 2012 at 6:30PM: "A Sinking Nation" from NPR on Vimeo. Kiribati (pronounced kirr-i-bas) is an island nation spread across a chunk of the Pacific Ocean as big as Alaska two times over. But for all of the room Kiribati covers in distance, it accumulates virtually no space vertically. The average height of Kiribati land is just six and a half feet above sea level. Composed of 32 atolls and one raised coral,...

Only 3 Percent Of Greenland's Ice Sheet Remains ... Is It Time To Worry?

Only 3 Percent Of Greenland's Ice Sheet Remains ... Is It Time To Worry? Jul 26th, 2012 at 5:00PM: Update: Just to clarify, the ice sheet melting is the top layer of the ice block, not 97% of the ice in Greenland. Drastic changes in the environment have been occurring for quite awhile, many attributing the cause to global warming. However, while these transformations usually occur over long periods of time, a recent rapid melting of Greenland's ice sheet has left only 3 percent, leaving...

Karakoram Glaciers Defy Trends, Actually Grow In Size

Karakoram Glaciers Defy Trends, Actually Grow In Size Apr 17th, 2012 at 8:00AM: Scientists are once again demonstrating that we actually don't really have a clue about how our planet works. A team of researchers from the University of Grenoble in France has released a new report that indicates that glaciers in the Karakoram mountain range are actually growing in size. This is, of course, counter to what is being observed elsewhere across the planet and defies the theories...

Video of the Day: Earth Hour 2012

Mar 6th, 2012 at 6:00PM: The imagery is powerful: people from around the world, holding hands and candles in the dark, while iconic landmarks like the Eiffel Tower and Coliseum shut down their lights in recognition of Earth Hour 2012, one of the world's largest voluntary actions for the environment. The evocative Sigur Rós soundtrack doesn't hurt either. Earth Hour calls upon individual citizens to switch...

Famous Sherpas to hike the length of the Great Himalaya Trail

Famous Sherpas to hike the length of the Great Himalaya Trail Dec 31st, 2011 at 9:00AM: Two famous Nepalese Sherpas are preparing to hike the entire length of the Great Himalaya Trail in an effort to raise awareness of the effects of climate change on the region. The duo will set out on January 15th and hope to encourage economic development along the new trekking route as well. Apa Sherpa and Dawa Steven Sherpa will begin their journey in eastern Nepal in the village of Ghunsa...

Explorer to make back-to-back journey to North and South Pole

Explorer to make back-to-back journey to North and South Pole Nov 13th, 2011 at 9:00AM: British adventurer Mark Wood is currently in Punta Arenas, Chile where he is preparing to start an epic journey. If all goes as planned, later this week, Mark will fly to the Antarctic, where he'll begin a four-month odyssey that will take him to both the North and South Poles back-toback. While he certainly won't be the first person to visit those two remote places, he does hope to become the...

IAATO explains climate change for Antarctic travelers

IAATO explains climate change for Antarctic travelers Nov 10th, 2010 at 8:30AM: The International Association of Antarctic Tour Operators (IAATO) continues to be a great source of information and education for travelers heading south to the frozen continent. Last week we told you about their efforts to keep the sailors aboard private yachts, well informed of the issues involved with navigating the Antarctic waters, helping to make the region even safer for travel. But beyond...

Bowermaster's Adventures: Navigating the hordes of jellyfish

Bowermaster's Adventures: Navigating the hordes of jellyfish Oct 5th, 2010 at 9:00AM: Jellyfish -- those gelatinous, stinging, floating-condoms-of-the-sea, the pint-sized boogeyman of the ocean are fast becoming the equivalent of a coal mine's canaries. Appearing this summer en masse along coastlines around the globe, jellyfish are evidence of just how badly we're treating the ocean and with painful results. During the last days of summer jellyfish swarmed the Atlantic coast...

Photos show effects of climate change on Everest

Photos show effects of climate change on Everest Jul 21st, 2010 at 8:30AM: A new series of photos from the Himalaya reveal the undeniable effects of global climate change on the glaciers there. This is especially evident on Mt. Everest, where comparative shots from 1921 show just how much the Rongbuk Glacier has retreated over the past 89 years. Filmmaker and mountaineer David Breashears made the journey to Everest's North Side, where explorer George Mallory once took...

Wildebeest migration one of the natural wonders of the world

Wildebeest migration one of the natural wonders of the world Jul 11th, 2010 at 1:00PM: Every year during this season, millions of wildebeest migrate northwards from Serengeti in Tanzania to the Maasai Mara Game Reserve in Kenya. It's part of their annual cycle of looking for green pastures and plentiful waters. Zebras, antelopes, and other animals come along too, with predators like lions and cheetahs hanging on the edges of the herds hoping to catch the slow or the weak. The...

British woman completes solo row across the Pacific Ocean

British woman completes solo row across the Pacific Ocean Jun 4th, 2010 at 8:00AM: British ocean rower Roz Savage arrived in Madang, Papua New Guinea yesterday, completing the third, and final, stage of her solo row across the Pacific Ocean. Her arrival marked an end to an adventure that she has dedicated more than five years of her life to finishing. Roz first came up with the idea of rowing across the Pacific after she completed a solo row across the Atlantic back in 2005....

Swimmer completes Himalayan swim

Swimmer completes Himalayan swim May 26th, 2010 at 8:00AM: A few days back we told you about Lewis Gordon Pugh, a British long distance swimmer and environmentalist, who had traveled to the Himalaya to attempt the highest altitude, long distance swim ever. At the time, he was in Gorak Shep, a small village near Everest Base Camp, acclimatizing and preparing to take his record breaking dip. Since then, he has completed the 1km swim in ice cold glacial...

Swimmer to attempt high altitude swim in the Himalaya

Swimmer to attempt high altitude swim in the Himalaya May 23rd, 2010 at 8:00AM: British long distance swimmer Lewis Pugh has traveled to Nepal, where he is preparing to make the highest altitude swim ever, as he works to raise awareness of global climate change and the effects it is having on glaciers in the Himalaya. The long time environmental activist will make his historic swim, which has been called the hardest ever by some, in an icy glacial lake in the shadow of Mt....

Explorer claims second of "three poles"

Explorer claims second of Apr 30th, 2010 at 8:00AM: We've mentioned Eric Larsen and his Save The Poles Expedition on more than one occasion here at Gadling. He's the explorer who has set out to become the first person to visit the "three poles" in one calendar year, with the three poles being the North and South Geographic Poles and the summit of Mt. Everest. Last week Larsen took another major step in his quest by reaching 90ºN, otherwise...

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