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Antarctic glacier named after Aberystwyth Uni scientist

Glasser Glacier is on James Ross Island in the Antarctic. Credit: Dr Bethan Davies

A scientist from Aberystwyth University has had an Antarctic glacier named after him.

Glasser Glacier takes it name from the university's Professor Neil Glasser, who works in the Department of Geography and Earth Sciences and is also director of its Institute of Geography, History, Politics and Psychology.

Credit: Dr Bethan Davies

I am really honoured to have this glacier named after me. We spent seven weeks on fieldwork in this area of Antarctica in 2011. On all our maps and publications it is called ‘Un-named Glacier’ but it is great to know that from now on it will be known as Glasser Glacier!

– Professor Neil Glasser

Measuring around 1500 metres long and 500 metres wide, Glasser Glacier is on James Ross Island and flows westward from a large ice dome on Lachman Crags. The Antarctic Place-Names Committee named the glacier after Professor Glasser in recognition of the 'significant research' on Ulu Peninsula.


Woman in 'critical' condition after being hit by car

The woman was attempting to cross the road on Boulevard St Brieuc. Credit: Google Street View

A woman was airlifted to hospital last night after being hit by a car in Aberystwyth.

She was crossing the road near the Starling Cloud pub on Boulevard St Brieuc just before 6.30pm when a white Toyota Yaris collided with her.

Police say the woman sustained serious injuries and was airlifted to the Heath Hospital in Cardiff where her condition is described as 'critical'.

Dyed Powys Police are asking anyone who witnessed the incident to call them on 101.

Rare turtle rescued off Aberystwyth

A very rare sea turtle has been rescued after it was washed up on a beach in Aberystwyth.

Credit: RSPCA

The Kemp’s ridley sea turtle is the world’s rarest marine turtle species and is officially classified as ‘critically endangered’ in the wild.

The creature was found on North Beach on Saturday. RSPCA staff say it was very lethargic and was also suspected to have septicemia.

It is now being treated at a special aquarium in Bristol.

Credit: RSPCA

I am still in shock about being able to have dealt with this beautiful rare species and so honoured. I still keep pinching myself!

RSPCA staff took the turtle to Bristol Aquarium, who were happy to take her in for rehabilitation as they have experience with caring for stranded sea turtles.

At the Aquarium the turtle will receive specialist vet checks and treatment. The turtle still has a very guarded prognosis but is now in expert care with brilliant facilities.

– Ellie West, RSPCA’s animal collection officer


Appeal after man's ear bitten off in Halloween attack

Police are appealing for information after a man had part of his ear bitten off in a Halloween night attack.

Credit: Dyfed Powys Police

Police in Aberystwyth say the attack happened at the Academy Public House at 11pm on Saturday October 31st.

The man sustained a serious injury to his ear in a "vicious unprovoked attack" say officers.

Police would like to speak to the man pictured in the orange poncho and black wig as they say he may hold information that could assist the investigation.

Anyone who witnessed this incident or can help identify the man is asked to call 101.

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