Side by side satellite images of a glacier in 1988 and 2015 showing the glacier shrinking.

Venezuela Becomes the First Country to Lose its Glaciers

Caitlin Dempsey

Venezuela became the first country to lose all of its glaciers as the last remaining ice on Pico Humboldt shrank to less than two hectares.

An annotated satellite image of a white icy area.

Understanding Fast Ice in Polar Ecosystems and Climate Dynamics

Caitlin Dempsey

Fast ice, found in both polar regions, is sea ice that attaches to coasts, icebergs, ice shelves, or the ocean floor.

A rocky outcrop of a mountain completely surrounded by glaciers.

Nunataks: Glacial Islands

Caitlin Dempsey

Nunataks are isolated mountain peaks emerging above ice sheets in polar and high-altitude regions.

In March the ice arch starting to disintegrate. By April, satellite imagery was showing the crumbling of the ice pack behind the ice arch. By May, sea ice was flowing freely through Nares Strait. Images: NASA.

What is an Ice Arch?

Caitlin Dempsey

An ice arch forms when sea ice buckles under pressure, creating a natural arch-shaped structure in polar regions, often blocking the movement of ice.

A grayscale shaded relief map of the western part of Canada with red areas on top showing glaciers.

Mapping Glacier Loss in Western Canada

Caitlin Dempsey

Researchers are using remotely sensed data and satellite imagery to map glacier loss in Western Canada.

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