June 29, 2013
New video of Dr. Marek Stibal talking about his work, and taking samples on the ice sheet on June 25.
This is an important new video by Sara Penrhyn Jones, about a little known emerging area of glacial studies. Dr. Stibal is the one of the world’s foremost experts on the communities of living things that survive in the harsh conditions on top the world’s glaciers and ice sheets.
These microbes, algae and fungi, survive the intense solar radiation by creating protective pigments, which darken the ice sheet. The question DarkSnowProject and Dr. Stibal are trying to answer is, are human influences fertilizing these life forms, and by creating more melting, encouraging their growth?
If so, this could be another important feedback in the darkening and warming of the world’s great ice reservoirs.