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Fixing a weather station at 8000 feet (03 May 08 20:38)

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A: Highest weather station in Alaska

by Matt Nolan, 100 meters away

Our weather station, named Ahab, at over 8000' above sea level, has been in continuous operation sinc...

Highest weather station in Alaska

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

by Matt Nolan, 470 meters away

This photo location was used in 1958 as a base station for surveying ice motion of the glacier.  Sinc...

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

C: Puddle Rock

by Matt Nolan, 480 meters away

Along our path down to the glacier from camp, a large flat rock exists. Called Puddle Rock or Lunch R...

Puddle Rock

D: McCall Glacier Camp 23 May 2011

by Matt Nolan, 490 meters away

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

E: Pano 110815 1955 mccall glacier camp

by Matt Nolan, 490 meters away

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

F: Pano 110810 0950 McCall Glacier Camp

by Matt Nolan, 490 meters away

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

G: Pano 110810 1530

by Matt Nolan, 490 meters away

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

Pano 110810 1530

H: August 2014 camp at McCall Glacier

by Matt Nolan, 490 meters away

August 2014 camp at McCall Glacier

I: McCall Glacier camp at sunset

by Matt Nolan, 500 meters away

My camp on McCall Glacier, during a break in the weather.

McCall Glacier camp at sunset

J: Pano 110810 1215 Camp

by Matt Nolan, 500 meters away

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

Pano 110810 1215 Camp

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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