Tag archives for glaciers

In January, a team of actors, musicians, and National Geographic explorers—Jimmy Chin and Alexandra Cousteau—set out to climb Africa’s tallest peak, 19,340-foot Kilimanjaro, to raise awareness about the global clean water crisis. (Read more from Chin and Cousteau in interviews we will post later today.) According to the United Nations' Millennium Water for Life initiative,…

On Wednesday, the Swiss government approved the altering of its border up to 500 feet into some areas of Italy due to melting glaciers in the high Alps. Swiss topographers determined the watershed that had determined the border in 1942 had moved, and Italian topographers agreed. This means Switzerland now owns the last stop of…

Three chief glaciers–Alaska's Gulkana and Wolverine and Washington state's South Cascade–are shrinking dramatically, according to a U.S. Geological Survey study released last week. These glaciers have been acutely measured since 1957, and scientists say their changing shape indicates a warming climate. "These are the three glaciers in North America that have the longest record of…

Text by Catharine Livingston Photographs of East Rongbuk Glacier, 1921 (left) versus 2008. Images courtesy of Major E.O. Wheeler, Royal Geographic Society; David Breshears Climbing season is upon us and David Breashears is off to Nepal. But the five-time-Everest-summitteer has no intentions of standing atop a Himalayan giant this spring—he just wants to take pictures. Over…

Text and photographs by Andy Maser, a National Geographic Young Explorers grant recipient and Epicocity Project team member We’ve spent one week in Bolivia now, and already we’ve completed a fantastic first descent, discussed effects of climate change with Bolivia’s chief hydrologist, and partied the night away with locals in La Paz. I’m high in…

Text and photographs by Andy Maser, a National Geographic Young Explorers grant recipient and Epicocity Project team member We’ve spent one week in Bolivia now, and already we’ve completed a fantastic first descent, discussed effects of climate change with Bolivia’s chief hydrologist, and partied the night away with locals in La Paz. I’m high in…

Text by Tetsuhiko Endo; Photograph courtesy of James Balog, Extreme Ice Survey In a career spanning more than three decades, James Balog has taken glamour shots of gorillas, ascended the planet’s tallest redwoods to capture their profiles, and dodged lava flows on active volcanoes in order to document eruptions. It should come as no surprise,…

Text by Tetsuhiko Endo; Photograph courtesy of James Balog, Extreme Ice Survey In a career spanning more than three decades, James Balog has taken glamour shots of gorillas, ascended the planet’s tallest redwoods to capture their profiles, and dodged lava flows on active volcanoes in order to document eruptions. It should come as no surprise,…