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Lower cirque of McCall Glacier (01 June 08 14:23)

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A: The last of the drilling is complete (31 May 08 16:56)

von Matt Nolan, 540 Meter entfernt

The drilling is completed and we've lowered down our thermistor string, all the way to the bottom -- ...

The last of the drilling is complete (31 May 08 16:56)

B: Installing a mass balance pole in the Lower Cirque (080815 1402)

von Matt Nolan, 600 Meter entfernt

Jason and David install a 6m pole in the lower cirque, which we will use to track snow melt over the ...

Installing a mass balance pole in the Lower Cirque (080815 1402)

C: Playing badminton on McCall Glacier

von Matt Nolan, 800 Meter entfernt

On Turner's fifth birthday we steam drilled some poles in the lower cirque.  While the drill was warm...

Playing badminton on McCall Glacier

E: low albedo on mccall glacier

von Matt Nolan, 1.3 entfernt

As the glacier thins and retreats, more and more dirt melts out of the ice at upper elevations.  This...

low albedo on mccall glacier

F: Slush flow on McCall Glacier (16 June 08 08:22)

von Matt Nolan, 1.4 entfernt

A slush flow occurred the previous day at this location, marking the beginning of summer on the glaci...

Slush flow on McCall Glacier (16 June 08 08:22)

G: Ready for takeoff at McCall Glacier

von Matt Nolan, 1.4 entfernt

After a week of bad weather coated the glacier ice with a foot of snow, I packed a skiway using a sno...

Ready for takeoff at McCall Glacier

H: McCall Glacier (09 Aug 07 14:31)

von Matt Nolan, 1.5 entfernt

The upper cirque of McCall Glacier used to spill through this notch in the rock and connect with cirq...

McCall Glacier (09 Aug 07 14:31)

I: McCall Glacier (09 Aug 07 15:56)

von Matt Nolan, 1.5 entfernt

McCall Glacier (09 Aug 07 15:56)

J: McCall Glacier (08 Aug 07 10:11)

von Matt Nolan, 1.5 entfernt

McCall Glacier (08 Aug 07 10:11)

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Dies ist ein Überblick von Arctic National Wildlife Refuge

The biggest city in Alaska is Anchorage, sitting in Cook Inlet on the coast of the north pacific. Suburban expansion in Anchorage means houses are being built up into the mountains behind the city.

People in these new developments complain about "the wildlife" sometimes but you know what? You're gonna get moose in your yard when you build houses on their terrain. They will eat your flowers and sleep in your driveway, and stare at you over the top of a parked full-size pickup truck. They're like cows on stilts. I'm just trying to give you an idea of the scale of things up in Alaska, where there are more small planes per capita than anywhere else in the US. Many small villages get their fuel supply flown in by large aircraft, and that's it for the year.

North of Anchorage there are six hundred miles of mountains with very few roads or people, and then up at the top of that expanse is the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. It's about nineteen million acres of space, or seventy-seven thousand square kilometers.

If you put a map of the state of Alaska on top of a map of the United States, Alaska would cover half of the country. Alaska by itself is the size of half of the United States. That's an easy idea to miss because most maps shrink Alaska when they show it next to the continental U.S.

Back to the pictures: locals in Kavtovik make use of the natural environment. Whale bones on the beach are an example of the subsistence lifestyle which has been going on here for long before airplanes and panoramic pictures.

Alaska is beautiful in the fall season. Fireweed turns bright red and the birch trees change to gold. You have no idea what air is supposed to smell like until you visit Alaska.

This is a really interesting set of pictures. Scientists get the award for "most thorough documentation" of a spot.

Okay, I haven't personally been up as far as AWNR, but I can tell you just from hiking Girdwood that it's a very very amazing feeling to walk for a while, turn around, and see absolutely nothing man-made anywhere in your field of vision, except your boots.

Mattanuska Thunder!

Text by Steve Smith.

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