9 September 2022

#AntarcticLog: A close look at a glacier’s edge

Posted by Shane Hanlon

#AntarcticLog is a series of comics by Karen Romano Young. You can find the originals here.

The Alvin Science Verification Expedition may be over (science? verified!) but the research and findings are ongoing.  What’s more, the scientists aboard bring plenty of fascinating stories to the table — not all of them related to Alvin. 

Take Catherine Colello Walker, for example. When Anna Michel introduced me to this fellow WHOI scientist, she mentioned, “Ask her about the Antarctic ice shelf collapse she discovered.” Excuse me, what?  Of course I had to turn this story into an #AntarcticLog comic. 

And what’s next? Catherine wants to get a closer look at the glacier’s edge — a fringe of ice sheet — left behind by the collapse of the ice shelf.  To get a clearer look at the processes involved, you don’t have to go any further than #AntarcticLog. 

There’s this comic that demonstrates the concern about the more vulnerable Thwaites Glacier. 

And this one that talks about the impact of the calving of big icebergs. 

And of course, there’s the basic cycle at the heart of it all, here: 

Thanks for sharing your amazing ice science, Catherine! I hope you get your wish to see the Conger Glacier up close.

Karen Romano Young is a writer, artist, deep-sea diver, and polar explorer. Follow her on Twitter & Instagram.