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Showing posts from November, 2022

The Doomsday Glacier

Sea level rise threatens to reshape Britain's landscapes... Register for free to read this piece in the New Yorker. It's a long piece describing a trip to the Thwaites Glacier. You can also listen to the story - it's a 40 minute audio, which might make a good podcast to listen to while commuting.

Iceland trips with Rayburn Tours

Cross posting from the LivingGeography blog.  I spent five days of the first week of my half term in Iceland, exploring the magnificent landscapes of the country.  This introduced me to a couple of new locations which I hadn't visited before - including the car parks and tracks leading to the recent Fagradasfjall lava flows - and also reminded me of a great many that I'd been to previously before the pandemic and I enjoyed experiencing the power of Gullfoss (and the taste of the ice cream at Efstidalur). There had been some changes in tourst infrastructure in familiar locations with others being constructed e.g. a nice new toilet block at Thingvellir for visitors, and new paths etc. I will be working with Rayburn Tours  to lead future tours through 2023 and beyond. I've got a special Iceland blog which will host all the reading and planning I'm doing around these tours, which already hosts the year long 365 blog project which I completed in 2020 (when I was originally

Ice retreat and the emergence of the UK

 Sci A nice visualisation shared in Science. To chart the movements of this ancient ice sheet, geologists assembled scattered clues from the shape of the landscape—features of which were carved by massive glaciers—as well as debris dumped by the ice sheet. For example, researchers pinpointed and dated the edge of the ice sheet by recognizing the hilly terrain made of mud, gravel, and rocks left behind by the retreating ice. Radiocarbon dating of animal remains such as seashells found in these hills revealed when the ice sheet departed from various locations. Over the past few years, a group of about 40 scientists amassed these data to refine the history of what’s known as the British-Irish Ice Sheet. It shows the melting and retreating ice which at one point covered the British Isles. Worth reading the full article and watching the visualisation unfold.