Archive for the ‘Ice’ Category

Iceland

So several years ago, when I decided to go back to school for a bachelor’s degree in history at the University of Illinois at Edwardsville, my first and favorite instructor was from Iceland.

It was in that class where I learned about the history of Iceland. So tonight’s article,  about Iceland and it’s glaciers, is entitled “Documenting the Disappearing Glaciers of Iceland” by Jonathan Blaustein over at the New York Times.

I also learned years later after my dad died, that he had always wanted to go and teach a class in Iceland through Webster University, where he taught part-time and I later worked as a librarian.

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Ice map

Just yesterday my mom, my daughter and I were talking about maps and how much we like them. This map unfortunately, is one that tells a sad story. The story is about how much ice were losing these days.

The article and the aforementioned map is entitled “Rainbow satellite image shows Antarctica’s ice fleeing into the ocean and can be found over at the Grist.We really need to find a better way because just like with my previous post, Fort McMurray, we’re losing a lot of really good stuff.

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18 types of frozen water?

When I came across this article, the first thought that went through my head is, there are seventeen types of frozen water? As a hockey fan, I’ve really only known one type of frozen water and that’s the kind they play hockey on.

The article is entited “A new form of frozen water? New study describes what could be the 18th known form of ice“, from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. So my new question is, is it solid enough to play hockey on?

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Ice stacking

Having been to Duluth, Minnesota this past summer and getting to hang out by lake Superior, I knew I had to post this video and then of course, I thought we need to go up there in the winter.

Okay, maybe not in the middle of winter but it would be fun, as evident by this article/video entitled “Watch hypnotic ‘ice stacking’ on Lake Superior” by Russell McLendon at Mother Nature Network.

The kids, my mom and I got to watch one of those huge freighters come in and that’s cool but, this was cool (or should I say cold) in a different way. It was all nature, no human’s were needed. That’s my kind of fun.

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Reading trees

Some people read books, some read tea leaves but very few can read trees. Seems that dendroclimatologist Ulf Büntgen and his fellow researchers at the Swiss Federal Institute for Forest, Snow and Landscape Research WSL were able for the first time to reconstruct the summer temperatures in central Asia for the past 2,000 years.

This according to the article entitled “Old trees reveal Late Antique Little Ice Age (LALIA) around 1,500 years ago” at Science Daily. Wow, that’s some story!

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Canada & icicles

Only in Canada would they create an atlas on icicles. It was put together by Dr. Stephen Morris at the University of Toronto and a graduate student (now an instructor at the Southern Alberta Institute of Technology in Calgary) Dr. Anthony Chen.

You can read all about it in the article entitled “Winter’s Sculptures, a Drop at at Time” by James Gorman over at the New York Times. How cool is that (no pun intended)?

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Sledding all winter long

I got my daughter a sled for Christmas and so what happened? It hasn’t snowed since. I have to say I can’t remember a winter this brown.

I guess however, if we moved from the Midwest up to Edmonton, Alberta we might have a better chance of sledding. This according to Heather Smith at the Grist in her article entitled “This Edmonton Ice Path Would be Amazing“. Pardon the pun but would be so cool!

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