Six Things You Don’t Know About Snow

FACT #1: Snow covers 30 percent of land on Earth.

FACT #2: More than 1.2 billion people rely on melt from snowpack and glaciers.

FACT #3: Snowmelt is the main source of water for 60 million Americans.

FACT #4: Since 1967, 1 million square miles of spring snow cover has disappeared from the Northern Hemisphere – an area the size of the southwestern U.S.

FACT #5: 70 percent of water from the snow-fed San Joaquin River irrigates California’s Central Valley.

FACT #6: NASA’s Global Precipitation Measurement mission observes falling snow, even at the tops of hurricanes.

Measuring how much water is in a snowpack is not easy. Scientists are investigating the best combination of sensors for different terrains. More accurate snow measurements will help scientists and decision makers better understand our world’s water supply and better predict floods and droughts.

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Scientists confirm that warm ocean water is melting the biggest glacier in East Antarctica
Scientists have now put together all the pieces to confirm that the enormous Totten glacier is losing mass rapidly, and the ocean is responsible.

These waters, the paper asserts, are causing the ice shelf to lose between 63 and 80 billion tons of its mass to the ocean per year, and to lose about 10 meters (32 feet) of thickness annually, a reduction that has been previously noted based on satellite measurements.

This matters because more of East Antarctica flows out towards the sea through the Totten glacier region than for any other glacier in the entirety of the East Antarctic ice sheet. Its entire “catchment,” or the region of ice that slowly flows outward through Totten glacier and its ice shelf, is larger than California. If all of this ice were to end up in the ocean somehow, seas would raise by about 11.5 feet.

“This ice shelf is thinning, and it’s thinning because the ocean is delivering warm water to the ice shelf, just like in West Antarctica,” said Don Blankenship, a glaciologist at the University of Texas at Austin and one of the study’s co-authors. Blankenship was not on the research vessel, but he and his colleagues helped the Australia-based researchers with understanding the contours of the seafloor so they could plan their field investigations into where warm and deep waters could penetrate.


Gorillaz - Crystalized (The xx Cover) - Live Lounge (BBC Radio 1)

Glaciers have melted to the sea
I wish the tide would take me over
I’ve been down on my knees
And you just keep on getting closer

so fucking good

Du bist so heiß, kein Wunder, dass die Gletscher schmelzen!
You’re so hot, no wonder the glaciers are melting!

Deine Lippen sind so rot wie Kirschen, darf ich kosten, ob sie auch so süß sind?
You lips are as red as cherries, can I taste whether they’re also as sweet?

Wenn ich eine Ampel wäre, würde ich jedes mal rot werden, damit ich dich noch länger anstarren könnte.
If I were a traffic light, I’d turn red every time so that I could look at you even longer.

Darf ich dir zwei Fragen stellen? Was sind deine Lieblingsblumen? Und an welche Adresse soll ich sie schicken?
Can I ask you two questions? What are your favourite flowers? And which address should I send them to?

Hast du mal Kleingeld? Ich hab meiner Mutter versprochen sie anzurufen, wenn ich meinen Traummann/meine Traumfrau gefunden habe.
Do you have any spare change? I promised my mother I’d call her when I found the man/woman of my dreams.

Kann ich ein Foto von dir haben, damit ich dem Weihnachtsmann zeigen kann, was ich mir wünsche?
Can I have a photo of you so I can show Santa what I want for Christmas?

Du schuldest mir einen Drink! Als ich dich ansah, habe ich vor lauter Bewunderung meinen fallen lassen!
You owe me a drink! When I saw you, I dropped mine in admiration!

Hast du eine Karte? Weil ich mich gerade in deinen Augen verloren habe.
Do you have a map? Because I’ve just gotten lost in your eyes.

Entschuldigung, ich glaube du hast da etwas im Auge… ja, es ist ein Funkeln.
Sorry, I think you have something in your eye… yes, it’s a sparkle.

Hast du mal einen Stift für mich, damit ich mir deine Nummer aufschreiben kann?
Can I just borrow a pen so I can write your number down?

Würden wir beide nicht reizend als Marzipanfiguren auf einer Hochzeitstorte aussehen?
Wouldn’t we look lovely as marzipan figures on a wedding cake?


“And there she stood. Silent, calm. Tranquil, as the snowflakes flowed past her face, leaving her vision slightly blurry. From behind the snowy veil, she could see the reason of her presence; people, happily reuniting with those thought lost, joyful faces and looks, laughter and cries of joy in the wind. From amongst all those faces, she saw one looking at her. Proud and loving. She smiled, nodded and turned around. The fire in her heart had been set ablaze.

And that fire could melt mountains, lakes and glaciers. As well as the heart of the one that she held dearest.”

- Haven’t posted anything in a while, so here’s something of Ehonara again!

Happy early valentine’s day! <3

Blooming flowers are seen near the glacial ice toe in Kangerlussuaq, Greenland. As the sea levels around the globe rise, researchers affiliated with the National Science Foundation and other organisations are studying the phenomena of the melting glaciers and its long-term ramifications. In recent years, sea level rise in places such as Miami Beach has led to increased street flooding

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He’s better than you are at giving a strip tease. This is something you’ve had to come to terms with, but honestly, it wasn’t that difficult when you get see him crawling toward you over the bed with a look that could melt glaciers. It’s not like that shirt covers much with all the holes cut into it, but when he pulls it over his head, each ridge of his v-cuts and abdomen is thrown into sharp relief and they draw your eyes in to move slowly over his smooth skin. You’re vaguely aware of some music in the background, but are so focused on the way his hips are moving, tightly encased in jeans that you can’t remember if it’s real music or just in your mind. Even with all those muscles, his moves are so lithe and distracting, you almost don’t notice that he’s starting to remove your clothes.

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Glacier National Park’s phenomenal landscape was sculpted by glaciers. These massive ice flows carved valleys and shaped mountains. In 1850, there were 150 glaciers. Today, only 25 remain large enough (at least 25 acres in area) to be considered functional glaciers. Grinnell Glacier is a prime example of glacier recession. These images clearly show its retreat. #ActOnClimate


                                       ♔ CALLA PARKINSON & EVADNE CARROW

                                                 They were vicious and lonely.

All the world had been given to them on a silver plate, but nothing could compare to that red-lined, lip-smeared feeling of having a counterpart for every unholy venture, a wingwoman for every selfish circumstance. Together, they could melt glaciers. Together, they were formidable, terrible, unaccountably strong. Where were their hearts? Why, pinned to one another’s sleeves; guarded by thorns and tongues as sharp as blades. Calla and Evadne. Femme and fatale. Hail the queens of rotten games and endless greed; they’re far from finished in these hallowed halls.

Fjaðrárgljúfur canyon in the south eastern part of Icelandy is often referred to as one of the most beautiful one in the country. It is a result of thousands of years of erosion, caused by the melting glaciers. Today 2 kilometers long and up to 100 meters deep canyon is being constantly carved by the Fjaðrá river.

Hidden at the end of a series of one lane gravel roads leading to a grassy hiking trail lies the canyon sporting the most jaw-droppingly gorgeous palagonitic rock cliffs you will ever seen.

Tajikistan. Nurek. 2009. Nurek Reservoir. The water that nourishes the five Central Asian post Soviet countries comes from melting glaciers and snow in the mountains of Tajikistan and Kyrgyzstan. During Soviet times, decisions about sharing of resources were made by the central government in Moscow. The countries now dispute how the region’s resources should be distributed, often suspending their flow. © Carolyn Drake/Magnum Photos