Archive for Glacier

Due to global human pollution, the arctic has become a toxic reservoir of heavy metals, PCBs and other deadly chemicals

Posted in 2017 with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on July 15, 2017 by theboldcorsicanflame


Natural News Human-induced pollution has greatly affected the Greenland ice sheet and the whole Arctic region over the last few decades.

Back in the late 1950s, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers built Camp Century, an army base located just below the surface of the ice sheet. The cavernous army base, big enough to accommodate up to 200 people, was home to trucks, tunnels, and even a nuclear reactor. Disguised as a research station, the army base utilized the region as a test site for deploying nuclear missiles. However, when the ice sheets started shifting, the army was forced to abandon the camp in 1967, leaving behind radioactive cooling water, diesel fuel, human waste, and other toxic compounds while accumulating snow and ice buried the camp.

Fast forward to recent years and the problem on the remaining toxic wastes persists. In fact, a study published last year found that the rapidly shifting and melting Arctic ice caps may well reveal the army base by the end of the century, potentially exposing the people to a plethora of toxic chemicals and pollutants long buried in the ice. The already worsening global warming is also expected to generate more cracks on the Greenland ice sheet, an expert cautioned.



Einar Runar Sigurosson photographs the ice caves in Iceland’s Vatnajokull glacier

Posted in 2015 with tags , , , , on February 15, 2015 by theboldcorsicanflame

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The stunning ice caves of Iceland’s Vatnajokull glacier appear in a kaleidoscope of colours as the light and conditions change in these remarkable photographs by local guide Einar Runar Sigurosson.

About 200 British tourists annually brave the network of caves in Europe’s largest glacier mass found in the south of Iceland where Einar runs tours for keen photographers throughout the winter, the only time visitors can go inside.  

The ice takes on the form of giant teeth or huge waves trapped in suspended animation in the maze of interconnected frozen chambers and they can be a luminous blue as they enhance the sky’s reflection or near fluorescent oranges and reds when a fire is lit inside.

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Message In A Bottle from 1959 Found In Arctic Glacier Today, Ultimately Reveals Global Warming In Region

Posted in 2013 with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , on December 29, 2013 by theboldcorsicanflame


More than half a century ago, on July 10, 1959, American glaciologist and explorer Paul T. Walker was working in a remote region of the Canadian Arctic, the Los Angeles Times reports. In a quirky stroke of genius, Walker left a handwritten note to any scientists who might come behind him, and he stuck the message in a bottle under a pile of rocks.

“To Whom it May Concern: This and a similar cairn 21.3 feet to the west were set on July 10, 1959,” the note states. “The distance from this cairn to the glacier edge about 4 ft. from the rock floor is 168.3 feet.”

They carried out Walker’s wish, measuring the distance to the glacier in question, just as Walker had done decades earlier. Vincent and Sarrazin’s measurement revealed that the glacier had retreated 233 feet since 1954.

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9. July 2013: Huge iceberg breaks away from the Pine Island glacier in the Antarctic

Posted in 2013 with tags , , , , , on July 10, 2013 by theboldcorsicanflame

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Bremerhaven, 9 July 2013.  Yesterday (8 July 2013) a huge area of the ice shelf broke away from the Pine Island glacier, the longest and fastest flowing glacier in the Antarctic, and is now floating in the Amundsen Sea in the form of a very large iceberg. Scientists of the Alfred Wegener Institute, Helmholtz Centre for Polar and Marine Research have been following this natural spectacle via the earth observation satellites TerraSAR-X from the German Space Agency (DLR) and have documented it in many individual images. The data is intended to help solve the physical puzzle of this “calving“.


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Nasa Observatory : Earthquake Shakes Ice from New Zealand Glacier

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , on March 4, 2011 by theboldcorsicanflame

Iceland : Intense Seismic Activity in Krísuvík volcano: 400 Earthquakes in 24 hoursIcel

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , on February 27, 2011 by theboldcorsicanflame

New Zealand earthquake causes ice to break off glacier

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , on February 22, 2011 by theboldcorsicanflame