Sunday, September 7, 2014

It's already winter on Black Rapids Glacier

Last week we had a quick one-day visit to Black Rapids Glacier. After the wettest summer in Fairbanks since records are being kept, we had another impressive rain fall on the first day of September. Because it was quite cold, Black Rapids got up to 30 cm of snow and looked like the middle of winter. Luckily it was not enough snow to bury our instruments, and when we got there on Wednesday, we had a beautiful sunny day.

Camera used to watch glacial lakes drain. In the background are potholes, left over crevasses from the last surge (1936/37) that are often water-filled.

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