Antartica’s Largest Iceberg Will Soon Be Non-Existent

On its course to the equator, this massive iceberg breaking off of Antartica’s Ross Shelf is nearing destruction.

Source: https://www.livescience.com/62759-largest-antarctic-iceberg-b15-is-melting.html

The iceberg, called B-15, has been drifting away from Antartica for around 20 years, covering more than 6,600 miles. The iceberg has gradually fractured into multiple smaller sections, and the section pictured is called B-15Z.

Source: https://www.livescience.com/62759-largest-antarctic-iceberg-b15-is-melting.html

This map tracks the course of B-15Z over time, and the iceberg is now passing the South Georgian Islands. The iceberg is nearing the equator, and the warmer tropical waters will quickly melt away the gargantuan ice mass,

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NRDC- Renewable Energy for America

I found this really interesting map on Natural Resources Defense Council’s website that shows existing and planned renewable energy sources across the United States. I think it is super important to look into and input renewable energy sources, and that the US should continue to be open in incorporating lasting energy efficient sources of power. I feel like many other nations are ahead of us in making the switch from non-renewable to renewable sources, so lets continue to step up! Take a look at the map and see what green energy sources are in your state or soon will be. The map shows wind, solar, advanced biofuel, biodigesters, geothermal, and low-impact hydroelectric facilitates that are currently in the US and planned to be built or operated soon. Check out the site to see the energy map for the US or take a closer look at each state on www.nrdc.org/energy/renewables/energymap.asp.

This map shows all the existing renewable sources in the US.
This map shows all the existing renewable sources in the US.

Posted by Intern Eva Gerrits. Click here to see the site. Contact gis@vertices.com

Melting Glacier

Sheridan Glacier

This icy glacier, located right outside Cordova, Alaska, is a beautiful spot that has been a popular location to visit while in the area. There are hiking trails, nearby skiing areas, and walkable glacier areas with ice caves. This breathtaking place of nature unfortunately is seeing some changes in size which could be related to shifts in temperature. On http://www.mappler.net/sheridan/ you can see the changes from an aerial view.

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This photo was taken on April 26, 2003

 

As you can see, there are quite noticeable changes between the top photo and the bottom photo. The ice is being separated further and further apart and looks like the result of temperature change.

 

This photo was taken on August 12, 2013
This photo was taken on August 12, 2013

Visit the site, and check up on how this glacier is doing!

Posted by Eva Gerrits, Intern. Click here to see the site. Contact at gis@vertices.com

UV Forecast- wunderground.com

Weather Underground- Health Map

Wunderground.com provides site visitors with a color coded map showing the UV Index that day and the previous few days before. UV Index measures the strength of radiation from the sun, and without proper awareness and protection, these rays can be extremely harmful. I am writing this post from New Jersey, and even though the map shows the Index to be low to moderate today, I think it is still important to be mindful of sun rays in any weather. Of course summertime will show a higher radiation level, but it is better to always be safe then sorry later on in life !

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Posted by Eva Gerrits, Intern. Click here to view the site. Contact at gis@vertices.com

Tracking the US Drought Over Time

US DROUGHT MAP

2011 & 2012 has proven to be the year of drought with Texas taking it’s worst hit last year.  This interactive map from NPR shows trend across time from 2011 to present with the latest update from August 2012. Interacting with the data on the map reveals more trends across several years.

Visit npr drought for more information on counties severely affected.

Data Source: Data Sources: U.S. Drought Monitor, National Drought Mitigation Center, U.S. Department of Agriculture and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration | Send feedback | Updated 8/23/12

Renice Obure, Research Intern, Vertices gis@vertices.org