photos by paul zizka in western greenland taken september 2015. notes paul, “i love how the night time can turn familiar places into completely different experiences. i also love all the elements of magic associated with astrophotography - aurora, stars, moonlight - and i’m always blown away by all the beauty that the camera reveals but the naked eye cannot see.’
of note: findings recently published in the journal nature have shown that the greenland ice sheet lost 9,013 gigatonnes of water ice from 1900 to 2010, which led to an overall global sea level rise of one inch. the study also found that from 2003 to 2010, the ice sheet lost 1,305 gigatonnes - a rate which is more than twice that for the entire 20th century.
In 1946, The United States attempted to buy Greenland from Denmark for 100 million dollars. If the deal had gone through, Greenland would have become both the largest and least populous state in the union.
Sedimentary layers can lead to beautiful sights. In these pictures they spectacularly fold along the sea and display wonderful colors. These formations can be found on Greenland’s east coast in the Kejser Franz Joseph Fjord and in the King Oscar Fjord.
bryan and cherryalexander photographed these asperatus clouds in the morning sky over qaanaaq, north west greenland. the alexanders, who have extensively documented the north and its native peoples for over fourty years, noted that “just about everybody in the village was amazed, including an elderly inuit hunter who told me that he had never seen anything like that before in his life.”
asperatus clouds gets their name from the latin aspero, a word used by romans to describe the sea as it was roughened by the cold north wind. though the cause of their formation remains unknown, it is likely that the lumpy, undulating underside of the clouds is a result of warmer, moister air from above meeting colder, dryer air from below, combined with high level wind passing over rolling terrain.
This river is one of a network of thousands at the front line of climate change.
By NYTimes: Coral Davenport, Josh Haner, Larry Buchanan and Derek Watkins
On the Greenland Ice Sheet
— The midnight sun still gleamed at 1 a.m. across the brilliant expanse
of the Greenland ice sheet. Brandon Overstreet, a doctoral candidate in
hydrology at the University of Wyoming, picked his way across the
frozen landscape, clipped his climbing harness to an anchor in the ice
and crept toward the edge of a river that rushed downstream toward an
If he fell in, “the death rate is 100 percent,” said Mr. Overstreet’s friend and fellow researcher, Lincoln Pitcher.
But Mr. Overstreet’s task, to
collect critical data from the river, is essential to understanding one
of the most consequential impacts of global warming. The scientific data
he and a team of six other researchers collect here could yield
groundbreaking information on the rate at which the melting of the
Greenland ice sheet, one of the biggest and fastest-melting chunks of
ice on Earth, will drive up sea levels in the coming decades. The full
melting of Greenland’s ice sheet could increase sea levels by about 20
feet. [bold/itals mine]
“We scientists love to sit at
our computers and use climate models to make those predictions,” said
Laurence C. Smith, head of the geography department at the University of
California, Los Angeles, and the leader of the team that worked in
Greenland this summer. “But to really know what’s happening, that kind
of understanding can only come about through empirical measurements in
For years, scientists have
studied the impact of the planet’s warming on the Greenland and
Antarctic ice sheets. But while researchers have satellite images to
track the icebergs that break off, and have created models to simulate
the thawing, they have little on-the-ground information and so have
trouble predicting precisely how fast sea levels will rise.
Dire report by three excellent Times journalists covering a team of researchers camped out on the icesheets of Greenland. The conclusion is that glaciers and land ice are melting at rates far higher than scientists anticipated, or that climate models have shown. This means that sea levels are rising faster than projected, and many coastal communities are in grave danger.