Photo Gallery
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Oblique aerial photo (by Chris Boyer, Kestrel Aerial 9/2015) used to refine the archaeological and paleoecological potential of locations visited during field work.
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Oblique aerial photo (by Chris Boyer, Kestrel Aerial 9/2015) used to refine the archaeological and paleoecological potential of locations visited during field work.
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Oblique aerial photo (by Chris Boyer, Kestrel Aerial 9/2015) used to refine the archaeological and paleoecological potential of locations visited during field work.
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Oblique aerial photo (by Chris Boyer, Kestrel Aerial 9/2015) used to refine the archaeological and paleoecological potential of locations visited during field work.
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Oblique aerial photo (by Chris Boyer, Kestrel Aerial 9/2015) used to refine the archaeological and paleoecological potential of locations visited during field work.
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Oblique aerial photo (by Chris Boyer, Kestrel Aerial 9/2015) used to refine the archaeological and paleoecological potential of locations visited during field work.
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Oblique aerial photo (by Chris Boyer, Kestrel Aerial 9/2015) used to refine the archaeological and paleoecological potential of locations visited during field work.
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Oblique aerial photo (by Chris Boyer, Kestrel Aerial 9/2015) used to refine the archaeological and paleoecological potential of locations visited during field work.
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Oblique aerial photo (by Chris Boyer, Kestrel Aerial 9/2015) used to refine the archaeological and paleoecological potential of locations visited during field work.
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Oblique aerial photo (by Chris Boyer, Kestrel Aerial 9/2015) used to refine the archaeological and paleoecological potential of locations visited during field work.
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Oblique aerial photo (by Chris Boyer, Kestrel Aerial 9/2015) used to refine the archaeological and paleoecological potential of locations visited during field work.
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Oblique aerial photo (by Chris Boyer, Kestrel Aerial 9/2015) used to refine the archaeological and paleoecological potential of locations visited during field work.
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Project partners Dr. Pei-Lin Yu, NPS (center left) and Mr. Kevin Askin, CSKT (center right) receiving the Partners in Conservation Award from US Department of the Interior in 2012
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Overview of ice coring equipment used in Glacier National Park in 2013
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A few of the ice patch researchers kibitz over the field results from the 2010 season; left to right, Bob Kelly, Rachel Reckin, Dave Schwab and Craig Lee
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Detail from a high resolution aerial photo obtained by the USGS in 1998 showing a target ice patch during a major melt year (Image orthorectified by Quaternary GIS–INSTAAR)
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Ice patch partners cogitate over the GCRMG protocols; left to right, Marcia Pablo (CSKT), Rosemary Caye (CSKT) and Clarinda Burke (CSKT)
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Nanny and kid graze just off trail in Glacier National Park
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Compared to the deer in the previous photo, this wolverine was exceedingly interested in the ice patch researchers who spotted him/her goofing off on an ice patch. Turnabout is fair play, and the wolverine eventually circled around behind the researchers and watched them for awhile while they were unaware.
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A deer seemingly registers mild interest in a group of passing researchers in Glacier National Park
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The massive Siyeh Pass ice patch from the bottom; coring crew is visible on top of the ice patch in the center of the photo
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The crew at work coring an ice patch; left to right, Craig Lee (INSTAAR), Rachel Reckin (Cambridge) and Jay Kyne (IDDO)
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Detail of an extracted core showing a dust/dirt lens
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Near surface core with extensive snow and a few ice lenses
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Lag deposit formed by concentrated organic material, including windblown detritus and animal feces from deeper in the core
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Organic lags, such as this one contain imminently identifiable and datable organic materials of interest to a wide range of researchers. The trapped gas bubbles suggest there was a significant volume of snow and ice amassed over this location at some point in the past.
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Public lecture posted from group talk shared at University of Montana in Missoula in 2012.
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Organic material, including roots, from the bottom of the ice core. The ground below this part of the ice patch likely has likely not seen blue sky for more than 6000 years.
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The first season of fieldwork in 2010 was hampered by inclement weather; here a group of researchers head down after a blizzard.
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Rachel Reckin (Cambridge) stands with a piece of imbricated wood in growth position below and ice patch on Mad Wolf Mountain.
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Ancient wood fragments recovered near the edge of a melting ice patch in Glacier National Park. Some of the wood recovered at this location were more than 5000-years-old.
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Half a dozen crew members survey and map the edge of an ice patch in Glacier National Park.
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Don Sam, Bob Kelly and Rachel Reckin (left to right) mull over a map and a viable route to the next ice patch in the survey.
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Ice patch coring in 2012 with a hand driven auger; these attempts were not successful because the ice core quickly bound in the wet near-surface snow. Craig Lee (INSTAAR) in foreground and Robert “Buzz” Fyant (CSKT)
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The crew on survey in Glacier National Park.
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View from the trail in the Lonely Lakes Valley.
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View up valley toward Virginia Creek.
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Another spectacular view on commute to a research site in Glacier National Park!
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No shortage of spectacular views en route to project sites.
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Lunch above a cataract in Glacier National Park; Craig Lee (at right) and Rachel Reckin (at left).
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One of the larger scree slopes we encountered; thankfully goat and sheep trails abound.
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Another beautiful view up of Virginia Creek in Glacier National Park.
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Rachel Reckin (Cambridge) with krumholtz tree island deformed by high winds and heavy snow (Example 2).
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Rachel Reckin (Cambridge) with krumholtz tree island deformed by high winds and heavy snow (Example 1).
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View downslope toward an ice patch forefield near Mount Saint Nicholas.
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View upslope toward an ice patch forefield near Mount Saint Nicholas.
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Wood samples near a retreating ice patch in Glacier National Park.
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The edge of an ice patch with a small fragment of non-anthropogenic wood.
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Wood samples near a retreating ice patch I Glacier National Park.
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Fragments of non-anthropogenic wood near the edge of an ice patch.
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Another shot of large wood fragments in a runoff channel below a melting ice patch.
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Large fragments of wood in a runoff channel below a melting ice patch; running water is far less preservative than ice.
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Views in transit to/from the coring locations showing cumbersome and heavy coring gear.
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The still life in the photo belies the hurricane wind that assailed this coring attempt with a hand auger in 2012.
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A beautiful waterfall in this amazing country.
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A near surface melt layer captured by the hand auger during the 2012 coring attempt.
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The head of a bison femur and eroding out of gravel adjacent to an ice patch.
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Dr. Robert Kelly (University of Wyoming) whipping up some grub for a tired crew during another epic backcountry trip.
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A dust on snow event as recorded at two ice patches in the Lonely Lakes Valley.
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Overview of an overgrown ice patch in 2012.
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Traces of other colleagues on Glacier’s back country trails.
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Because of the more robust equipment, horses were one of the only viable ways to access our ice patch coring locations in 2013.
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Craig Lee (INSTAAR), Ira Matt (CSKT) and Robert Kelly (U. Wyoming) attach another section of core barrel extension while drilling on a glacier NP ice patch.
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This photo serves as a good overview of a classic glacier with a zone of accumulation (bright white at top) and a zone of ablation (darker, melting area at bottom).
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Big horn sheep on a Glacier National Park ice patch.
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A moose enjoys some summer foliage in the lowlands of Glacier National Park.
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Panoramic overview of overgrown ice patch near Mount St Nicholas.
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Robert Kelly collects an organic sample from an ice patch
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Pei-Lin Yu (NPS) and Craig Lee (INSTAAR) share the results of the project to date with the Salish Culture Committee (Photo courtesy of Bernie Azure, CSKT).
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A beautiful shot of Don Sam (CSKT) headed down valley to investigate an ice patch.
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A tale of two ice patches, a representative survey location for the Glacier National Park Ice Patch Project.
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Inclement weather hampered the crews in 2010, the first year of the project.