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Repeat photo of McCall Glacier (23May08 11:56)

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This photo location was used in 1958 as a base station for surveying ice motion of the glacier.  Since we use GPS now, we just use this spot for taking photos document glacier change.

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A: McCall Glacier Camp 23 May 2011

Par Matt Nolan, à 20 mètres

On the last night of our May 2011 expedition, we enjoyed a picnic on the outcrop on a beautiful evening.

McCall Glacier Camp 23 May 2011

B: Pano 110815 1955 mccall glacier camp

Par Matt Nolan, à 20 mètres

Our camp on McCall Glacier at 7:55PM.   This shot is part of a series throughout the day, watching th...

Pano 110815 1955 mccall glacier camp

C: Pano 110810 0950 McCall Glacier Camp

Par Matt Nolan, à 20 mètres

Our camp on McCall Glacier at 9:50AM.   This shot is part of a series throughout the day, watching th...

Pano 110810 0950 McCall Glacier Camp

D: Pano 110810 1530

Par Matt Nolan, à 20 mètres

Our camp on McCall Glacier at 3:30PM.   This shot is part of a series throughout the day, watching th...

Pano 110810 1530

E: Pano 110810 1215 Camp

Par Matt Nolan, à 30 mètres

This image is part of a time-series of panoramas on this day, tracking how the sun controls snow melt...

Pano 110810 1215 Camp

F: Low visibility on McCall Glacier

Par Matt Nolan, à 40 mètres

Fog is common on McCall Glacier, but in this case we're simply in the clouds.

Low visibility on McCall Glacier

G: Outcrop learning on McCall Glacier

Par Matt Nolan, à 40 mètres

Kristin and Turner enjoy the environment while working on their studies.

Outcrop learning on McCall Glacier

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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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