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Post from a Scientist: An Unusual Vacation

Do you have a favorite place to go on vacation? Well, I do, and it’s a bit unconventional. I have spent almost a half a year of my life living in Antarctica! I lived on the Whillans Ice Stream, working … Continue reading

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Post from a Scientist: The Beauty of Things

Have you ever seen a photo of a glacier (or seen one in person) and thought “wow that is beautiful”? I know I have, and that’s exactly why I became a geologist. But there’s so much more to these giant … Continue reading

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Post from a Scientist: Cascading Ice

In Oregon, where I grew up, agriculture thrives in part because of seasonal snow storage in the Cascade Mountains, which melts into the river system in late spring and summer and provides water during the portion of the year when … Continue reading

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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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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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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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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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Post from a Scientist: How Not to Get Lost on a Glacier

Have you ever used a compass to find your way through unfamiliar territory? Did you know that some thirty thousand years ago the compass needle would have pointed in the opposite direction? Yes, indeed, there have been times in the … Continue reading

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Post from a Scientist: Glacier’s Slippery Shoes

Dealing with slippery surfaces is perhaps one of the very first physical phenomena that we deal with as kids. It is always challenging to keep your balance, not to fall down, or not to break your bones. Similar to any … Continue reading

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Post from a Scientist: Tropical Ice Caps

When I think of the tropics, I usually think of brightly-colored fish and palm trees. More recently, I also think about glaciers, which are not only in the polar regions, but also sometimes in the tropics as well. But as … Continue reading

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