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Post from a Scientist: Things that Melt Out of a Glacier

My first experience working on a glacier in the Canadian Arctic took place on Axel Heiberg Island, in Nunavut Territory. I realize that White Glacier isn’t the most exciting name for a glacier – in this case, a 14 km … Continue reading

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The Jokulhlaup

If there is one take-away from this Glaciology Summer School that I would want everyone to know (of those who hadn’t already known), it’s that glaciers themselves are a force of nature. Their presence can alter an environment, and their … Continue reading

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Crampons: A Glaciologist’s Best Friend

When I think of hiking or climbing, the thought of going up instinctively sounds harder than going down. And I would think I’d be much more likely to slip and fall walking on ice as opposed to walking on rock. … Continue reading

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Post from a Scientist: Himalayan Glaciers

Wow! When I was a kid and hiking on Sundays with my parents – I always marvelled at the landscape and especially at the mountains…and often I was left behind. From then, I wanted to discover the world and wanted … Continue reading

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Fun in McCarthy

Students in this Glaciology Summer School course consistently have their noses to the grindstone, so to speak, with lectures and project work each day, but in the evenings, there is a little time to relax (and it stays light outside … Continue reading

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Post from a Scientist: The Climate Crystal Ball

Have you ever looked at a landscape and thought to yourself… How did this happen?! … Why is this hill here? …  Why do these rocks look like this? … What does it all mean? My job is to look … Continue reading

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All Hands On Research!

What exactly happens when the temperature of water drops below the freezing point? (Do you think everyone knows?) What does a little wind-up gadget remind you of? (Do you think everyone would have the same answer?) As science communication  instructor on … Continue reading

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Post from a Scientist: Water Slides!

Can you imagine a continent as big as the United States covered with ice more than four times as thick as the tallest building you have ever seen? If that is hard for you to picture, you are in the … Continue reading

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Project! Taking Antarctica’s Temperature

Onward with Glaciology Summer School projects! Firsthand data, like when you can actually be in a place and measure the temperature with a thermometer, is always useful. But what happens when you want to take the temperature of a place … Continue reading

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Willy the Box Turtle: Our Miami Mascot Travels to Alaska!

If you didn’t follow along with us during last year’s Arctic Ocean expedition, let me introduce you to Willy the Box Turtle. Willy served as a kind of diplomatic mascot for that expedition, to show that even though Miami is … Continue reading

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