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Until the Next Ice…

It seems like yesterday that we all came together from all over the world for this International Summer School in Glaciology. The village of McCarthy and the Wrangell Mountains Center have been gracious and amazing hosts, and many thanks go … Continue reading

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Mini-Conference: Student Presentations

This Glaciology Summer School is an immersive experience if there ever was one. It’s “hands-on” (activities), “feet on” (glaciers), and “brains on” (lectures and projects). Students have been challenged with projects that have been guided by glaciology instructors and designed to give … Continue reading

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Activities for the Public

Communicating science effectively to the public is definitely a skill. Scientific research can be complex and very specific. Part of the skill of getting the public engaged in science is taking that information and making connections – connections between ideas, … Continue reading

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Projects: The Home Stretch

The environment here in Alaska is stunning, but students in this Glaciology Summer School course are not only here to enjoy the environment, they are here to better their understanding of it. Everyone is working on group projects as assigned and guided … Continue reading

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Project! Glacier Heat

Glaciers are ice, and ice is cold. But heat plays an important a role in glacier dynamics. In our project for this Glaciology Summer School, we are looking at all the ways that heat flows in and out of the … Continue reading

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Flying!

The little town of McCarthy, Alaska has a few lovely buildings, some dirt roads, and spectacular vistas. It also has an airstrip, and some friendly and knowledgeable pilots who will take you up in a plane for a tour of … Continue reading

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Project! Glacier By Drone

Imagine seeing something the size of your cell phone clearly from the top of a 15-story building. This is the resolution we can get of the glacier surface using a fixed-wing Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV, aka drone). For our Glaciology … 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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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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