Melting glaciers are revealing dozens of dead bodies on the world's tallest mountain
Glaciers are essentially giant rivers of ice that are formed over eons as fallen snow is compressed into layers of ice. Glaciers are found on about 10 percent of Earth's land area, with most of them found in the Arctic and Antarctica regions, but some occurring high up on mountains, even in tropical areas. Glacial ice makes up the ice sheets that cover Antarctica and Greenland, with glaciers flowing out to sea, where their ends float on the water as ice shelves. Eventually pieces of the ice shelves break off, or calve, to form icebergs. The movement of glaciers scours the underlying rock, and a glacier's movement can be affected by climate change, with worries that global warming could cause substantial glacial melt and impact global sea levels. For the latest news on glacier research and stunning views of these rivers of ice, see below.
The breathtaking sound and sight of waters that cascade off of steep cliffs, may be self-made productions.
There's a giant void hiding under the Antarctic ice, and it's growing larger and more menacing by the day, a new study using satellite data finds.
As the ice caps on Baffin Island shrink, the landscape beneath is seeing the light of day for the first time in perhaps 120,000 years. Here’s a look at the stark and humbling beauty.
Glaciers, icebergs and sea ice, oh, my — exploring the different types of ice found on planet Earth.
Hundreds of millions of years of missing sedimentary rock may have been bulldozed away by the glaciers of Snowball Earth.
If you're in Greenland and a strange cloud darkens the sky, that cloud might be made up of something scientists call "glacier flour."
An enormous iceberg about five times the size of Manhattan broke off Antarctica's Pine Island Glacier yesterday (Oct. 29), a mere month after a crack first appeared, satellite imagery shows.
Each night, the glacier made noises loud enough to keep a team of scientists camping on its surface awake. They figured out why.
A new study investigates the dark zone that seems to be getting bigger on the western edge of the ice sheet.
When you imagine an Antarctic glacier melting, you probably envision great walls of ice avalanching into the ocean. This is certainly happening — but it's only half the story.