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A new analysis of sandstones from Antarctica indicates there may be important links between the generation of mountain belts and major transitions in Earth's atmosphere and oceans.

A team of researchers analyzed the chemistry of tiny zircon grains commonly found in the Earth's continental rock record to determine their ages and chemical compositions. The team included scientists from the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh, Michigan Technological University, and ETH Zurich in Switzerland.

A new study which provides a global estimate of rock cover on the Earth’s glaciers has revealed that the expanse of rock debris on glaciers, a factor that has been ignored in models of glacier melt and sea level rise, could be significant.

The Northumbria University study, which has been published in Nature Geoscience this week, is the first to manually verify the rock debris cover on every one of the Earth’s glaciers.

As part of our mission to promote global mountain research, we are excited to bring visibility to the six projects that form the Belmont Forum’s ‘Mountains as Sentinels of Change’ program by highlighting a different project each month. This program was originally established with contributions and support from the MRI and is currently led by former MRI SLC members.

This month’s featured project is 'P3: People, Pollution, and Pathogens: Mountain Ecosystems as Sentinels of Change'. Their blog post ‘More Firsts – Theory and Practice in Sampling Pollutant Samples in Mountains’ offers a glimpse into their activities – take a look below!

Welcome to our monthly round-up of new publications! Here you will find a weekly-updated list of relevant, newly published articles on mountain research that you won't want to miss this month.

Do you know of an article that the mountain research community should know about? Send us suggestions to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.!

More than 50 representatives and funders from the Mountains as Sentinels of Change program of the Belmont Forum connected online at the end-term valorization event in late June to share learning, impact, and future avenues for collaboration.

MRI was invited to take part in this discussion, and support the ongoing outreach and connection with the broader mountain research community and enable collaboration prospects.

Welcome to our monthly round-up of new publications! Here you will find a weekly-updated list of relevant, newly published articles on mountain research that you won't want to miss this month.

Do you know of an article that the mountain research community should know about? Send us suggestions to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.!

What methodologies do you use to measure your adaptation needs? The Adaptation Committee is exploring this question as it needs your support!

The Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) has opened the draft scoping report of the Nexus assessment for external review. In a separate call, IPBES also invites Indigenous peoples and local communities from all over the world to support the three ongoing IPBES assessments with their contributions.

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