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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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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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Project! Historic Photos, New Understanding

It can be a little overwhelming to think about something as massive as a glacier changing drastically over the course of a single generation. But that is happening, and we are using all kinds of tools, new and old, to … Continue reading

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Projects!

The reason that this Glaciology Summer School is happening in McCarthy, Alaska is because it is designed to be a chance for students to learn by experiencing, listening, trying, and doing. During each day, students listen to lectures from esteemed glaciology instructors … Continue reading

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Glacier Gone: The Kennecott Kids

Kennecott is an old mining town a few miles down the road from McCarthy. Today the abandoned copper mine and the still remaining town looks like a postcard of red buildings with white trim and machinery inside, built between a … Continue reading

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Moulins

The saying “don’t judge a book by its cover” might be adjusted to “don’t judge a glacier by its surface.” Glaciers are stunning beautiful, dynamic structures the size of mountains, but a lot of what scientists study, and what they … Continue reading

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Cryoconite Holes: Tiny Features with Big Implications

Albedo is a fancy way of saying that you will feel cooler on a hot day if you wear a white t-shirt instead of a dark t-shirt. Anyone from Miami certainly knows that. But Alaskan glaciers know that too. Albedo refers … Continue reading

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Glaciers: Size, Beauty, Power + Environmental Importance

Mountains. Valleys. Canyons. I’m not talking about rocks. I’m talking about ice. Seeing these features in photos can hardly do a glacier justice. The sheer size, beauty, power, and environmental importance of these structures are almost incomprehensible. But scientists are … Continue reading

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Science Speaking for All

Glaciers are magnificent, colossal masses of ice, but don’t be fooled by the seemingly still, white, beautiful ice. Glaciers are dynamic forces of nature, and the research represented by the scientists here is as diverse as glaciers are stunning. How … Continue reading

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