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.

8 Responses to “Curiosity”

  1. kingdube Says:

    I’m curious as to how the study of myriad large-scale natural processes leads to a single anthropogenic conclusion?

  2. Jon Torrance Says:


    Maybe you should read some relevant scientific papers or syntheses thereof. The latest IPCC report, for instance, would be a good place to start. Have you read it?

  3. kingdube Says:

    And besides, Murry Salby’s mother wears army boots!

  4. Jean Mcmahon Says:

    Important work is being done..I am grateful I am fining out about it.

  5. MorinMoss Says:

    Dang, when I saw the word Curiosity, I was expecting a post on the Mars rover.

  6. […] Dr. Marek Stibal travelled with Dark Snow Project last year as our biology expert. Dr. Stibal’s field of study is the biome, or web of life, chiefly microorganisms, living on the ice sheet.  The video above was shot on June 24, 2013, not far from the Illulisat glacier front. No editing, just a slice of us trying to get our bearings in the first hop up to the ice last year. […]

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