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McCall Glacier (09 Aug 07 14:31)

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The upper cirque of McCall Glacier used to spill through this notch in the rock and connect with cirque below, not more than 30 years ago.

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Panorama's in de omgeving van Arctic National Wildlife Refuge

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A: McCall Glacier (09 Aug 07 14:35)

door Matt Nolan, 120 hier vandaan

McCall Glacier (09 Aug 07 14:35)

B: McCall Glacier (09 Aug 07 15:56)

door Matt Nolan, 240 hier vandaan

McCall Glacier (09 Aug 07 15:56)

C: Ice Core from McCall Glacier

door Matt Nolan, 270 hier vandaan

Here we have just extracted about 9 meters of snow, firn, and ice from from McCall Glacier.  The dril...

Ice Core from McCall Glacier

D: work and play on McCall Glacier

door Matt Nolan, 290 hier vandaan

Taking ice cores on McCall Glacier is hard work, so it's nice to take a break and go sledding occassi...

work and play on McCall Glacier

E: Weather stations in the Upper Cirque of McCall Glacier (080812 1036)

door Matt Nolan, 290 hier vandaan

There are a variety of weather stations shown in this photo, taken near the end of the 2008 field sea...

Weather stations in the Upper Cirque of McCall Glacier (080812 1036)

F: McCall Glacier (08 Aug 07 17:18)

door Matt Nolan, 330 hier vandaan

Hot sunny days lead to melting even in the highest reaches of the glacier.

McCall Glacier (08 Aug 07 17:18)

H: Ice radar on McCall Glacier

door Matt Nolan, 450 hier vandaan

We measure the thickness of the McCall Glacier using ice radar.  The radar is in the sled, and the la...

Ice radar on McCall Glacier

I: Ice cores inside our freezer on the glacier

door Matt Nolan, 500 hier vandaan

Ice cores from McCall Glacier stay frozen inside a freezer we constructed on the glacier.  Once the b...

Ice cores inside our freezer on the glacier

J: McCall Glacier (05 Aug 07 15:00)

door Matt Nolan, 720 hier vandaan

McCall Glacier (05 Aug 07 15:00)

Dit panorama is genomen in Arctic National Wildlife Refuge

Dit is een overzicht van 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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