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Arctic sea ice / Re: What the Buoys are telling
« on: August 05, 2013, 11:05:02 PM »
I thought I was the only one who saw that bear.  Here's a screenshot for anyone who missed him.


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Arctic sea ice / Re: Records and oddities
« on: February 28, 2013, 10:35:47 PM »
What are the possibilities that the cracks in the Beaufort are connected to the insanely warm water that was around the Mackenzie delta last summer?  (IIRC, the surface temps were around 20dF above normal.) 

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Glaciers / Re: Chacaltaya Glacier, Bolivia
« on: February 27, 2013, 01:51:03 AM »
I was in La Paz for a few weeks in January 2008, and Chacaltaya was basically gone then - just a patch of ice at the top of the mountain. 

The Zongo nearby has been seeing decline, too, and it's a much larger glacier.  I climbed its mountain, and my guide had some interesting observations from his 15 years' experience climbing along the glacier.  He could point to the spot where the glacier ended when he first started climbing it, about 300 meters from where it was then, and he said there was very little grass along the lateral moraine, which is now covered in stumpy grass. 

http://glacierchange.wordpress.com/2009/12/13/zongo-glacier-retreat/

It's one thing to read about these changes online; it's another thing entirely to see it in the real world.  I can't imagine the impact that our long-time Arctic researchers are feeling.

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