McCall Glacier (08 Aug 07 15:52)
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McCall Glacier (08 Aug 07 15:52)

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The main stream that forms on the surface of the glacier ends here, in a large whole which carries the water towards the bottom of the glacier. Watch your footing around here!

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A: McCall Glacier (08 Aug 07 15:15)

Par Matt Nolan, à 190 mètres

McCall Glacier (08 Aug 07 15:15)

B: Supraglacial stream on McCall Glacier

Par Matt Nolan, à 230 mètres

This supraglacial stream on McCall Glacier is still bridged by snow in late August. These bridges are...

Supraglacial stream on McCall Glacier

C: McCall Glacier (08 Aug 07 11:32)

Par Matt Nolan, à 260 mètres

McCall Glacier (08 Aug 07 11:32)

F: Small stream near Bur Cirque, McCall Glacier

Par Matt Nolan, à 330 mètres

A small stream cuts through the ice of McCall Glacier, ending in a Moulin. Bur Cirque is in the backg...

Small stream near Bur Cirque, McCall Glacier

G: Bur Cirque Moulin

Par Matt Nolan, à 390 mètres

A small stream travels over McCall Glacier and ends in a Moulin. The height of the glacier 150 years ...

Bur Cirque Moulin

H: McCall Glacier (08 Aug 07 16:11)

Par Matt Nolan, à 440 mètres

McCall Glacier (08 Aug 07 16:11)

I: McCall Glacier (01 Aug 07 15:11)

Par Matt Nolan, à 480 mètres

McCall Glacier (01 Aug 07 15:11)

J: Survey pole on McCall Glacier

Par Matt Nolan, à 530 mètres

This pole is part of a transect of poles that are used to measure ice motion with GPS on McCall Glaci...

Survey pole on McCall Glacier

Ce panorama é été pris à Arctic National Wildlife Refuge

Ceci est un aperçu de 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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