Three posts ago I discussed some plants emerging from 400 year old glaciers in the Canadian Arctic. I expressed surprise, how could the Canadian Arctic glaciers be so young?
As I thought about the subject it occurred to me that most people do not have the local perspective I have when discussing glaciers. If you haven’t seen glaciers up close, perhaps it’s difficult to grasp how time and temperature impact these spectacular pieces of moving ice.
Alaskans live with stories of Glaciers. When one suddenly advances or retreats…it makes the news. My history of living with and exploring glaciers is relatively small for a 40 year Alaska resident.
I have walked on 3 glaciers (Worthington, Matanuska and Columbia). I have made repeated visits to two well known glaciers near my home, Exit Glacier and Portage Glacier. Both Exit Glacier and Portage Glacier have, I believe, aided me in my understanding…
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