wolf prints in snow on McCall Creek
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wolf prints in snow on McCall Creek

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Schlüsselworte: mccall, glacier, ice, ice core, wolf, science, nolan, 2010

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We found wolf prints in the snow leading up to one of our weather stations.  We find wolf prints nearly every year, and occasionally see one.  This one walked all the way up the glacier, passing by a number of our sites, and continued on through the mountains.

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A: Sensor cable suspended over McCall Creek (19 June 08 12:59)

von Matt Nolan, 40 Meter entfernt

We extended a cable across the stream and will return to install a device which will measure the dist...

Sensor cable suspended over McCall Creek (19 June 08 12:59)

B: The terminus region of McCall Glacier under fog (16 June 08 08:44)

von Matt Nolan, 40 Meter entfernt

The terminus of McCall Glacier is often in fog or a bit wet.  It's probably a good place for cool gla...

The terminus region of McCall Glacier under fog (16 June 08 08:44)

C: McCall Glacier stream weather station

von Matt Nolan, 50 Meter entfernt

This simple weather station records air temperature and rainfall near the terminus of McCall Glacier....

McCall Glacier stream weather station

D: Staff gage on McCall Creek (19 June 08 12:53)

von Matt Nolan, 50 Meter entfernt

Jason’s makeshift staff gage can be seen directly across the stream. A timelapse camera is pointed at...

Staff gage on McCall Creek (19 June 08 12:53)

E: McCall Glacier terminus at 3AM (28 June 08 03:49)

von Matt Nolan, 90 Meter entfernt

The terminus of McCall Glacier is illuminated by the glow of the midnight sun.  Even though it is sun...

McCall Glacier terminus at 3AM (28 June 08 03:49)

F: Debris flow near McCall Glacier terminus

von Matt Nolan, 120 Meter entfernt

The retreat over the past 100 years on McCall Glacier has left behind large moraines -- ice covered b...

Debris flow near McCall Glacier terminus

G: McCall Valley (01 Aug 07 10:12)

von Matt Nolan, 170 Meter entfernt

McCall Valley (01 Aug 07 10:12)

H: Ancient sled on mccall glacier

von Matt Nolan, 250 Meter entfernt

This rusty sled was used for McCall Glacier research in the 1960s and 1970s.  When we first found it ...

Ancient sled on mccall glacier

I: Stream emerging from McCall Glacier terminus

von Matt Nolan, 320 Meter entfernt

Much of the ice melt at the surface of the glacier finds it's way to the bottom of the glacier.  Wher...

Stream emerging from McCall Glacier terminus

J: Polished rock at McCall Glacier terminus

von Matt Nolan, 340 Meter entfernt

This boulder had been under McCall Glacier only a few years ago. You can tell it was under the ice be...

Polished rock at McCall Glacier terminus

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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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