Mystery of glacial lake floods solved — ScienceDaily

A long-standing mystery in the study of glaciers was recently — and serendipitously — solved by a team led by University of Hawai’i at Manoa astrobiologist and earth scientist Eric Gaidos. Their findings were published this week in the journal Geophysical Research Letters. The mystery involves floods or “jokulhlaups” that emerge suddenly and unpredictably from […]

Mystery of glacial lake floods solved

IMAGE: The hot water drill used to drill through the glacier to the subglacial lakes. The drill stem is hundreds of meters below in the ice, suspended on a rubber hose… view more  Credit: Eric Gaidos A long-standing mystery in the study of glaciers was recently — and serendipitously — solved by a team led by […]

Mystery of glacial lake floods solved

The hot water drill used to drill through the glacier to the subglacial lakes. The drill stem is hundreds of meters below in the ice, suspended on a rubber hose through which hot water is pumped down. Credit: Eric Gaidos A long-standing mystery in the study of glaciers was recently —- and serendipitously—solved by a […]

Powerful Glacial Floods Heave Himalayan Boulders

Enormous boulders—10 meters or more in diameter—litter many river channels in the Himalayas. Scientists have now age dated several of these behemoths and estimated the flow velocities necessary to heave them. The boulders were likely set in motion thousands of years ago by the powerful forces of glacial lake outburst floods, the researchers […]