Glacier: Current Affairs, GK & News - 2020-2021

What are “Tarballs” fastening Himalayan Glacial melting?

Published: November 8, 2020

The scientists from Zhejiang University have reported in their study that the percentage of tarballs has increased in the Himalayan region and this is increasing the glacial melt in the region. What are Tarballs? Tarballs are carbonaceous particles. They are capable of absorbing even small light. They are formed due to the burning ot fossil ..

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Pink Ice in Italian Alps is due to Algae

Published: July 6, 2020

Italian scientists have found pink coloured glaciers in the Alps. According to the them, the pink colour is formed due to an algae found in the ice. Highlights The Italian researchers recently observed pink coloured snow on parts of Presena glacier of the Alps. According to them, the colorization is due to algae and is ..

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Watermelon snow

Published: February 29, 2020

Snow off coast of Antarctica’s northern-most peninsular region took on a reddish tinge over the past few weeks due to algal activity. What is watermelon snow? Watermelon snow or blood snow is a phenomenon by which the snow takes on a reddish or pinkish tinge. This is because of algae producing reddish pigments that act ..

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Glaciers of the Lahaul-Spiti Valley

Published: August 19, 2019

A glacier is a large body of dense ice which is under constant movement driven in part due to its own heavyweight. A glacier is formed when the accumulation of snow in the area exceeds the rate of outflow (mainly by the melting and sublimation of snow) has taken place over several decades, even centuries. ..

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Australia discovers a network of lakes beneath Totten glacier in East Antarctica

Published: March 28, 2019

The researchers from Australian Antarctic Program have discovered a network of lakes lying under the ice during their 160-day expedition to the Totten Glacier, the largest in eastern Antarctica. The lakes were detected by scientists setting off small explosives 2m below the surface of the Totten glacier and listening to the reflected sound. They are ..

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