The Whale Dying on the Mountain

On the “biological vibrance” of glaciers and what we stand to lose in the face of climate change.

Wolverines refrigerate kills in summer snow patches. Spiders prowl on glaciers, bears play on them, moss grows on them. More than 5,000 meters into the thin air of the Andes, the white-winged diuca finch weaves cozy nests of grass amid the aqua icicles of glacial cavities; this was the first known example of any bird other than a penguin regularly nesting on glacial ice, and it was first recorded just 10 years ago.

Source: Hakai Magazine
Published: Feb 16, 2016
Length: 14 minutes (3,700 words)

The Strange Brain of the World’s Greatest Solo Climber

Neuroscientists studied the brain of free solo climber Alex Honnold and discovered that he doesn’t experience fear like the rest of us.

Source: Nautilus
Published: Aug 11, 2016
Length: 19 minutes (4,864 words)

Appetite of Abundance: On the Benefits of Being Eaten

This week’s Longreads Member Pick comes from Orion magazine and J.B. MacKinnon, author of The Once and Future World.

Thanks to Orion and MacKinnon for sharing it with the Longreads community. They’re also offering a free trial subscription here.

Source: Orion Magazine
Published: Dec 20, 2013
Length: 11 minutes (2,875 words)