Seen a stunning sunrise or sunset lately? The Tongan volcano may be the cause

Seen a stunning sunrise or sunset lately? The Tongan volcano may be the cause

To understand these sightings, the forecasting team contacted their colleagues at the Lauder Atmospheric Research Station in Central Otago, who confirmed that their ground-based LIDAR (Light Detection and Ranging) instrument has been detecting unusual spikes in aerosols in the stratosphere, at around 20-25 kilometres above New Zealand.

The US Mountain West Could Soon Face Snowless Winters

The US Mountain West Could Soon Face Snowless Winters

And while extreme events will continue to happen with greater frequency, what will also start to become common are “episodic low- to no-snow” events, when at least half of a mountain basin experiences low snow or none for five consecutive years.

Hints of New Life in the Shadows of Venezuela's Last Glacier

Hints of New Life in the Shadows of Venezuela's Last Glacier

Today, only one glacier remains in Venezuela: on the second highest peak, Pico Humboldt.“It’s an era that is [almost] completely finished now,” says Melfo, a particle physicist at the University of the Andes, who has recently been working on projects involving biology and ecology, including research on this last glacier.

Hiking 101: Everything You Need to Head for the Hills

Hiking 101: Everything You Need to Head for the Hills

Shoes, Socks, and Base Layers.Check out our guides to the Best Trail Running Shoes and How to Layer for more info.Wicking Undershirts for $75+ : This guide has a few or our favorite base layer tops .

8 Cool US Mammals You Haven’t Seen

8 Cool US Mammals You Haven’t Seen

The popularity of the news coverage is also in part because most people have never seen one, although the spotted skunk has a fairly wide range across the United States and well into Central America.

The Mountain Beaver That Is Not A Beaver

The Mountain Beaver That Is Not A Beaver

© Jon Hall / Samantha Hopkins has been studying mountain beaver evolution for years, working and living in their habitat.“Most people don’t know there are these little brown loafs living in forested tunnels and eating ferns,” says Hopkins, a professor of earth sciences at the University of Oregon.

So You Want to Prepare for Doomsday

So You Want to Prepare for Doomsday

And you dream: One day, after the smoke of civilization has drifted away, you’ll link up with others exactly like you.But a few months ago my family moved to an old house, not far from our old apartment.

Border Disputes Threaten Climate Science in the Himalayas

Border Disputes Threaten Climate Science in the Himalayas

“Sometimes conflicts like that just make it harder for us to go and work,” says David Molden, former director general of the International Center for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD), an intergovernmental institution based in Nepal that works with the eight countries of the Hindu Kush Himalayan region to protect its fragile ecosystem and tackle climate change.

19 Best Deals From Winter Clearance Sales (2021): Outdoor Apparel, Backpacks, and More

19 Best Deals From Winter Clearance Sales (2021): Outdoor Apparel, Backpacks, and More

I've crossed out some sold-out items, re-added some that have come back into stock, updated pricing, and added five new deals.Black Diamond Camalot C4 Package #4-6 for $297 ($32 off) : If you want to start climbing trad or need to update your rack, you're going to need cams.

20 Best Deals From Winter Clearance Sales (2021): Outdoor Apparel, Backpacks, and More

20 Best Deals From Winter Clearance Sales (2021): Outdoor Apparel, Backpacks, and More

Special offer for Gear readers: Get a 1-year subscription to WIRED for $5 ($25 off) .Garmin Forerunner 735XT Run-Bundle for $240 ($160 off) : WIRED writer Adrienne So, who tests fitness trackers among other things, says this is a great deal.

FAO - News Article: Mountain people among the world’s hungriest as biodiversity loss and climate change take their toll

FAO - News Article: Mountain people among the world’s hungriest as biodiversity loss and climate change take their toll

11 December 2020, Rome - Mountains host about half of the global biodiversity hotspots and are home to a growing number of the world's hungriest people, according to a new study launched by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and partners to mark International Mountain Day 2020.

Meet the Dipper, the Songbird That Swims

Meet the Dipper, the Songbird That Swims

Lospalluto / Flickr I’m snowshoeing through Colorado’s Rocky Mountains when I see a small, nondescript bird at the far edge of the creek.American dippers are small and chunky — about the side of a robin — with grey-blue plumage, a brownish head, pink legs, a short tail, and a white eyelid.

Underwater robot getting close-up look at Kaikōura Canyon

Underwater robot getting close-up look at Kaikōura Canyon

Voyage leader and NIWA marine geologist Dr Joshu Mountjoy says this is the first time this technology has been used to survey submarine canyons in New Zealand waters and information collected will lead to new understanding relevant to many of the world’s continental margins.

A New Study Suggests a Possible Disease Vector: Germy Dust

A New Study Suggests a Possible Disease Vector: Germy Dust

An infectious disease physician and researcher at Mount Sinai Hospital, Bouvier studies respiratory viruses, influenza A in particular.In fact, in their latest study, aerosolized fomites appeared to be the primary way their guinea pigs passed around the flu.

NIWA mapping seafloor around Whakaari/White Island

NIWA mapping seafloor around Whakaari/White Island

NIWA scientists are heading to the waters around Whakaari/White Island in the Bay of Plenty next week to survey changes to the seafloor.No-one has collected water column imaging close to Whakaari so this is an incredible opportunity to discover new areas of volcanic activity.”.

Meet the Mountain Chickadee

Meet the Mountain Chickadee

“To claim dominance, a mountain chickadee darts or hisses at the other bird, or it’s revealed by those who hang back around a feeder,” says McCallum.

Rough, Rugged and Remote: Going the Distance to Save Cape Town’s Water

Rough, Rugged and Remote: Going the Distance to Save Cape Town’s Water

I, the photographer, would be spending three days on the mountain documenting the work of the high-elevation team, a group of trained abseilers who were tasked to scale the high cliffs to cut down water-thirsty invasive pine trees.

Separated from Your Barbells? Try Wearing Your Weights

Separated from Your Barbells? Try Wearing Your Weights

Say you buy a 60-pound weighted vest.For building muscle: Go for a vest with lots of pockets and weights, like this one; you'll be able to do a lot more muscle building with a vest that tops out at 60 or 80 pounds, and you don't need as much mobility for most of the heavy-lifting exercises.

Wildflower Watching as a Source of Solace and Diversion

Wildflower Watching as a Source of Solace and Diversion

Photo © Lisa Ballard2 of 5Indian paintbrush on Wyoming’s Beartooth High Lakes Trail.Photo © Lisa Ballard3 of 5Sticky geranium on Wyoming’s Beartooth High Lakes Trail.Photo © Lisa Ballard4 of 5Little larkspur on Wyoming’s Beartooth High Lakes Trail.

Large freshwater find off Canterbury coast

Large freshwater find off Canterbury coast

NIWA marine geologist Dr Joshu Mountjoy says the discovery is one of the few times a significant offshore aquifer has been located around the world and may lead to a new freshwater resource for the region.

Meet the Sulfur Miners Risking Their Lives Inside a Volcano

Meet the Sulfur Miners Risking Their Lives Inside a Volcano

Louie learned from his guide that workers spend 12-hour shifts dodging plumes of poisonous smoke (with many protected only by rags tied around their mouths) while carrying up to 180 pounds of sulfur on their backs.

Space Photos of the Week: Moon Walks for Moon Rocks

Space Photos of the Week: Moon Walks for Moon Rocks

Cernan/JSCThe Apollo 14 mission landed on the moon in 1971, and this photo taken by a crew member shows a rock about the size of a basketball—but small enough to take back to Earth.

The Spellbinding Allure of Seoul's Fake Urban Mountains

The Spellbinding Allure of Seoul's Fake Urban Mountains

Around a decade ago, South Korean photographer Seunggu Kim began noticing a new trend of luxury apartment complexes in Seoul being built around elaborate re-creations of famous Korean mountains.

Methane seep research bubbling along

Methane seep research bubbling along

Dr Mountjoy says there is a significant underground gas source which is suspected of causing underwater landslides and may be related to deeper fluids in the subduction zone that can in turn influence earthquake behaviour.

Camera Trap Chronicles: Phantom Canyon Preserve

Camera Trap Chronicles: Phantom Canyon Preserve

Photo © Kevin Grunewald/TNC Camera traps reveal mountain lions walking down popular trails and on the canyon rim.Photo © Kevin Grunewald/TNC Bears are quite curious about camera traps, though, and can be very hard on them.

You Can't Photoshop This Mountain

You Can't Photoshop This Mountain

Rather than limiting himself to any single time or place, he began making art that would transcend both, culminating in his series Cyano-Collage in 2015.Wu uses acrylic gel to paste the cyanotypes onto a huge canvas in his studio.

Senators Try—Again—to Solve the Nuclear Waste Debacle

Senators Try—Again—to Solve the Nuclear Waste Debacle

Instead, spent fuel rods are sitting at 95 nuclear plants around the country in either “fuel pools,” where the waste cools down for a few years after the rods finish producing energy, or in special steel-and-concrete casks that sit above ground like nuclear garbage cans.

Cold War Spy Photos Show How Fast Himalayan Glaciers Are Melting

Cold War Spy Photos Show How Fast Himalayan Glaciers Are Melting

The study looked at images of 650 individual glaciers and found they have been losing a foot and a half of ice each year since 2000, threatening water supplies for millions of people who rely on Himalayan meltwater throughout large parts of Asia.

A Surreal Subterranean Junkyard Piled With Old Cars

A Surreal Subterranean Junkyard Piled With Old Cars

"I don't know how long it's been going on," Friend says, "but I looked up one of the license plates, and it was 40 or 50 years old.". "I was looking for places where the natural and the manmade collide," Friend says, "creating these new forms that are beautiful and ugly.".

'Game of Thrones': Who's Died So Far in Season 8

'Game of Thrones': Who's Died So Far in Season 8

Sandor (which Arya called him oh, so sweetly, in their last interaction, humanizing a man referred to as The Hound for much of his existence) battled his older brother, Ser Gregor, aka The Mountain.