Friday, August 20, 2010

Workin' on the glacier

Hillary was able to get out of work a couple hours early today to ride up with some folks from the lab to the Mendenhall glacier to sample some water.  It was a great day to be on the ice!  In the 80s at sea level and it was jacket worthy on the glacier with the wind.

Flying in over the Mendenhall wetlands
Lena Point, Shelter Island, Pt. Retreat, and the Chilkat Range
Near one of the glaciar surface rivers
The barren land
A large pool in one of the rivers with lots of sediment and algae ... life on the glacier!
A small but deep blue hole filled with delicious water
A look at the crevasses from above on the way out
Mendenhall lake and some icebergs

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