Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Black Rapids Glacier

The northern hemisphere glacier field season has started. We have a new project on Black Rapids Glacier in the Alaska Range. This is probably my favorite glacier. It is where I did all the work for my PhD thesis, and I've spent several months up there since 1995. It's good to be back!
We flew in with Paul Claus, glacier pilot extraordinaire, in his Single Otter.
The field team (photo: R.Homberger)
Ultima Thule's Single Otter on skis
Two flights brought in the field team of four, a snow machine, all our instruments, and a tent camp with food.
Camp. Lokket tributary in the background
The goal of this project is to look at ice flow at the confluence of two big glacier. The picture below shows the main valley of Black Rapids (which follows the Denali Fault), and on the far side the Lokket tributary. We put up instruments to monitor the flow at this junction.

Mt. Meteor

Mt. McGinnis

The Trinity Basin (upper Black Rapids)
A particularly nice set of solar halos.

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