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McCall Valley (01 Aug 07 10:12)

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A: wolf prints in snow on McCall Creek

by Matt Nolan, 170 meters away

We found wolf prints in the snow leading up to one of our weather stations.  We find wolf prints near...

wolf prints in snow on McCall Creek

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

by Matt Nolan, 220 meters away

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

by Matt Nolan, 220 meters away

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)

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

by Matt Nolan, 230 meters away

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)

by Matt Nolan, 260 meters away

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

by Matt Nolan, 300 meters away

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: Stream emerging from McCall Glacier terminus

by Matt Nolan, 490 meters away

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

H: Installing a survey pole in the ablation area (07 June 08 08:54)

by Matt Nolan, 1.2 km away

Jason gets the steam drilling running to install a 9 meter long pole into the ice.  As the ice melts ...

Installing a survey pole in the ablation area (07 June 08 08:54)

I: Repeat photo on McCall Glacier (24 June 08 13:42)

by Matt Nolan, 1.3 km away

This photo was taken at the same location as one taken in 1958 by Austin Post.  I took a gigapixel pa...

Repeat photo on McCall Glacier (24 June 08 13:42)

J: McCall Valley (31 July 07 15:52)

by Matt Nolan, 1.7 km away

Taking a break, walking over some nasty, dangerous terrain.

McCall Valley (31 July 07 15:52)

This panorama was taken in Arctic National Wildlife Refuge

This is an overview of 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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