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Anthropic contaminants are accumulated, stored and released from glaciers (Zanieczyszczenia cywilizacyjne są akumulowane, a następnie  uwalniane z topniejących lodowców)
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Anthropic contaminants are accumulated, stored and released from glaciers (Zanieczyszczenia cywilizacyjne są akumulowane, a następnie uwalniane z topniejących lodowców)

Can you imagine the picks of the European Alps without glaciers? Such a dramatic scenario is likely to take place by the end of 2100. As a source of electric power, water for domestic use and a supply of water for downstream ecosystems mountain glaciers are of great importance. Currently, they are melting and release … Continue reading

Unexpected sources of iron for Antarctic marine ecosystems (Niespodziewane źródło żelaza dla ekosystemów morskich w Antarktyce)
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Unexpected sources of iron for Antarctic marine ecosystems (Niespodziewane źródło żelaza dla ekosystemów morskich w Antarktyce)

What do you see when you think of iron? Probably bars, bridges, cars or plains. In general, the objects you can observe constitute some significant elements of a system we call industry and transport. This element however, is also essential to biological functioning of all organisms. It is crucial for a number of processes such … Continue reading

Bacteria on glaciers may degrade pesticides (Bakterie na lodowcach mogą degradować pestycydy)
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Bacteria on glaciers may degrade pesticides (Bakterie na lodowcach mogą degradować pestycydy)

At first glance, polar and high mountain regions appear as pristine and not contaminated areas, generally free from human impact. This illusion, however, was shattered by scientists a long time ago. Due to long-range wind transport, although far distant from their original sources, organic contaminants are present in both polar and mountain regions. They are … Continue reading

May glaciers and sea ice ecosystems on Earth be analogues to icy planets and moons? (Czy lodowce i lód morski na Ziemi mogą być analogią do księżyców i planet pokrytych lodem?)
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May glaciers and sea ice ecosystems on Earth be analogues to icy planets and moons? (Czy lodowce i lód morski na Ziemi mogą być analogią do księżyców i planet pokrytych lodem?)

The Earth is not the only celestial body in the universe partially covered with ice. To focus on Earth’s glaciers as a habitat that can be similar to glaciers on other moons and planets has been of interest to astrobiologists for several years. Whoever has seen Christopher Nolan’s “Interstellar” should probably remember the icy planet … Continue reading

Why don’t invertebrates on the Greenland ice sheet (GrIS) reveal any association with their environment? (Dlaczego nie ma wyraźnego związku między zwierzętami a ich siedliskiem na czapie lodowej Grenlandii?)
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Why don’t invertebrates on the Greenland ice sheet (GrIS) reveal any association with their environment? (Dlaczego nie ma wyraźnego związku między zwierzętami a ich siedliskiem na czapie lodowej Grenlandii?)

Usually, animals reflect a visible and clear association with their habitats. Typically, the selection depends upon food availability and the absence of predators. However, as opposed to some groups of invertebrates, especially those microscopical in size, these observations are confirmed and relatively well-known for big and well-visible animals. Due to a small size of some … Continue reading

How to track an invisible system – particulate organic carbon may reveal the evolution of subglacial drainage (Jak badać niewidzialny system – cząsteczkowy węgiel organiczny może pokazać jak ewoluuje system rzek pod lodowcami)
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How to track an invisible system – particulate organic carbon may reveal the evolution of subglacial drainage (Jak badać niewidzialny system – cząsteczkowy węgiel organiczny może pokazać jak ewoluuje system rzek pod lodowcami)

Carbon is a basic element of life on our planet and all the molecules which build us contain it. One of the kinds of carbon often tracked in ecosystems by scientists is POC – particulate organic carbon, whose size does not allow it to pass through a filter measuring e.g. the physicochemical properties of water. … Continue reading

June in Pyrenees  – landscapes, marmots and red snow (Czerwiec w Pirenejach – krajobrazy, świstaki i czerwony śnieg)
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June in Pyrenees – landscapes, marmots and red snow (Czerwiec w Pirenejach – krajobrazy, świstaki i czerwony śnieg)

In the middle of June I visited a friend of mine in Barcelona. He is doing an internship and working on the mast years of oaks. Along with a group of three we left and went for a six-day hiking-trip in the Pyrenees. We started our expedition from the Maladeta Massif where the highest pick … Continue reading