AK

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Plan A was a working tour of the Mendenhall Glacier. Eran's group studies mass balance of the glacier. Not surprisingly, it's melting
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Our ride
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The crew, ready to go
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The Mendenhall Glacier from the heli. The glacier is receding at amazingly fast rates
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The lower portion of the glacier
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The North Star Camp on the Mendenhall Glacier
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Glacier meltwater
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The ice reflects the most brilliant color of blue I have ever seen in nature
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Meltwater pool
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A group of tourists on the glacier give some perspective of the size of the (dwindling) ice. The icefall and seracs above them were impressive
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Eran looking down a slot canyon. It is amazing how much the features carved in the ice resemble those in desert sandstone slot canyons
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Blue meanders
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More blueness. It reminded me of a raspberry otter pop
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Getting ready to go to the 2nd spot, up glacier
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A lateral morraine in the glacier, the result of the joining of two upper branches
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Taxi shot
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Eran and Matt were checking a meltwire installed earlier in the summer. Those two are taking over measurements of the glacier from a group in Fairbanks. Rhino peak in the background
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Rhino Peak. Looks like a good descent
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Looking down-glacier from near the summit of the icefield
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Nearing Icy Strait on the way to Glacier NP
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A Sea otter hanging in Icy Strait
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A Stellar Sea Lion colony in GBNP
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Forest vegetation. This site was deglaciated <200 years ago, and it was already a mature forest of spruce and hemlock
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Coastal Mountains
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Calm waters in the Bay. This was all covered in ice a hundred years or so ago
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Classic soil development in GB. Note the dark organic horizon that has accumulated on the largely unaltered grey till
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The McBride Glacier in GBNP
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A harbor seal chillin' on a berg
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The best seat in the house
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Eran adeptly maneuvered us right up to the snout