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January 21, 2011 |
The dramatic shrinking of Arctic Sea ice and the Northern Hemisphere's glaciers and snowfields has reduced the radiation of sunlight back into space more than scientists previously predicted, according to a new study in the journal Nature Geoscience . As a result, the ocean and land mass exposed by the melting ice and snow have absorbed more heat, contributing to global warming . The "albedo" effect, in which the white cover reflects...
August 29, 2010 |
The Olson House is hard to find, but once you arrive, there is no mistaking it. We made a few wrong turns at first, my brother and his wife, my wife, Margie, and I. The four of us had had taken this day trip to the village of Cushing just three years ago, and you'd think we'd know the way. We got directions — and suggest you do the same — in Thomaston off Route 1 at the Prison Showroom, a small gift shop that sells crafts made by...
August 12, 2010 |
As investigators took advantage of improving weather Wednesday in southwest Alaska to reach the plane crash that killed former Sen. Ted Stevens, another air rescue team concluded a frustrating battle to rescue passengers and crew from two downed aircraft high on Knik Glacier. The Alaska National Guard had to straddle two dramatic crash scenes, both with low clouds, remote locations and high winds. And Tuesday, a UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter hoping to pluck five victims of a Sunday plane crash off the glacier instead slid and rolled over — adding the helicopter crew to the growing list of those needing transport off the icy, cloud-shrouded mountain.
June 5, 2010 |
Glacier National Park just marked 100 years as crown jewel of the parks system, but questions dot its spectacular landscape as its next century begins. Will the park's 2 million tourists still come when the glaciers are gone? Is the nation willing to spend $200 million to repair the cliff-hugging Going-to-the-Sun Road? Will climate change destroy the habitat of grizzly bears, bighorn sheep and other iconic animals? The first question is perhaps easiest to answer. "Beauty is beauty," said Jamie Yuke of Missoula, Mont.
January 31, 2010 |
The fallout from Mt. Rainier's shrinking glaciers is beginning to roll downhill, and nowhere is the impact more striking than on the volcano's west side. "This is it in spades," U.S. Park Service geologist Paul Kennard said recently, scrambling up a 10-foot-high mass of dirt and boulders bulldozed back just enough to clear the road. As receding glaciers expose crumbly slopes, vast amounts of gravel and sediment are being sluiced into the rivers that flow from the region's tallest peak.
December 15, 2009 |
If you want to see a glacier melt with your bare eyes, try Yulong Snow Mountain, an 18,000-foot peak in southern China's Yunnan province. On this early December morning, the mountain is etched against the technicolor sky in shades of gray -- definitely more gray than white. Naked boulders of limestone and daubs of shrubbery protrude from the shallow snow cover. At a scenic overlook on the way up, tourists leave their woolly hats in the tour bus when they hop out to take photographs.
December 13, 2009 |
"Let's have coffee while we wait," Olivier Greber said, extending an offer I couldn't pass up, even though I'd already had breakfast. The chance to test my skiing abilities on the Vallée Blanche glacier above Chamonix energized me, but stubborn flu symptoms tempered my eagerness. Two days before, my exploration of the immense Portes du Soleil terrain above Morzine had ended quickly and unceremoniously after I was overcome by fever, sore throat, general aches and mild nausea. The unexpected coffee break allowed me more time to psych myself up for the 12 1/2 -mile run with a vertical drop just short of 9,000 feet.
November 10, 2009 |
From a tree-shaded plateau facing Mt. Kenya, the worshipers gaze anxiously at its melting icecap and wonder: Is God dead? For 7 million Kenyans who rely on the runoff of Africa's second-highest peak to survive, evaporating springs and dry riverbeds are making life harder. In the Kenyan capital, Nairobi, reduced melts have contributed to rolling blackouts when rivers fed by the mountain are unable to run hydroelectric plants. But for those Kenyans who still practice tribal religions and revere Mt. Kenya as the home of God, the environmental alterations mean more than a threat to their livelihood.
August 7, 2009 |
The federal government Thursday released the most comprehensive study of melting glaciers in North America -- and the results show a rapid and accelerating shrinkage over the last half a century because of global warming. One of the glaciers in the study, the South Cascade Glacier in Washington state, has lost nearly half of its volume and a quarter of its mass since 1958, scientists from the U.S. Geological Survey said.