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Cache at the skiway on McCall Glacier (02 June 08 10:54)

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A: Ice cores awaiting transport from McCall Glacier

by Matt Nolan, 90 meters away

About 50 meters of ice core laid buried under under a white tarp in the snow, awaiting transport back...

Ice cores awaiting transport from McCall Glacier

B: Ready fo take off on McCall Glacier

by Matt Nolan, 150 meters away

After a week of storms and snow, the skies cleared, the runway was groomed, and the plane was ready. ...

Ready fo take off on McCall Glacier

C: Me and my plane on McCall Glacier

by Matt Nolan, 180 meters away

I spent two weeks doing glacier research on McCall Glacier in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge in ...

Me and my plane on McCall Glacier

D: McCall Glacier (11 Aug 07 11:15)

by Matt Nolan, 220 meters away

McCall Glacier (11 Aug 07 11:15)

E: Ready for takeoff at McCall Glacier

by Matt Nolan, 420 meters away

After a week of bad weather coated the glacier ice with a foot of snow, I packed a skiway using a sno...

Ready for takeoff at McCall Glacier

F: Clouds over the confluence (17 May 08 12:42)

by Matt Nolan, 520 meters away

Clouds over the confluence (17 May 08 12:42)

G: Slush flow on McCall Glacier (16 June 08 08:22)

by Matt Nolan, 520 meters away

A slush flow occurred the previous day at this location, marking the beginning of summer on the glaci...

Slush flow on McCall Glacier (16 June 08 08:22)

H: McCall Glacier (08 Aug 07 10:28)

by Matt Nolan, 790 meters away

While some medial moraines can be found on the glacier, they are mostly small and located near the ma...

McCall Glacier (08 Aug 07 10:28)

I: Sunrise on McCall Glacier (080812 0801)

by Matt Nolan, 890 meters away

Sunrise illuminates fresh snow on McCall Glacier.

Sunrise on McCall Glacier (080812 0801)

J: McCall Glacier (04 Aug 07 20:31)

by Matt Nolan, 910 meters away

McCall Glacier (04 Aug 07 20:31)

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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