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My summer glaciology course in McCarthy, Alaska

Thursday, February 03, 2011, 4:30PM - 5:30PM


Tyler Jones



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The 1st International Summer School in Glaciology was held during June 2010 in McCarthy, Alaska at the Wrangell Mountain Center. McCarthy is located roughly 8 hours drive south of Fairbanks in south central Alaska. McCarthy is a small village (the population was 42 in the last census) in immediate vicinity to 5000 sq km of glaciers originating in the Wrangell Mountains, part of the Wrangell – St. Elias National Park (the largest in the US).

The course offered students, myself included, a comprehensive overview of the physics of glaciers and current research frontiers in glaciology. I will give an overview of my experience in McCarthy, relate some fun facts about this unbelievable town, and summarize some of the current ongoing research as best I can. Come learn a little bit about glacial lake outburst floods, ice penetrating radar, laser altimetry, sea level rise, and whatever else I can remember! I'll also mention the history of copper mining at Kennecott (the richest known concentration of copper in the world), why there is no road to McCarthy (nobody wants one) and how it felt to be a vegetarian for three weeks (pretty darn good).