UC Geologists Head to Alaskan Ice Fields
Updated: Sept. 20, 2001
Glacial Studies Focused on Global Climate Change
By: Chris Curran
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Archive: Research News
Cincinnati - One of the best places to look for signs that the Earth is heating up might turn out to be one of the coldest. So, a team of University of Cincinnati geologists headed to Alaska in August to trek up the mountains and track down changes in giant glaciers over the years.
Team leader Professor Thomas Lowell left with 14 undergraduate and graduate students Thursday, Aug. 9 for a three-week course on glacial field methods. The group traveled 1,800 miles from Anchorage and Seward through three different mountain regions where active glaciers provide a record of climate changes since the last Ice Age.
Lowell recently co-authored a paper in the internationally recognized journal Nature which showed how climate changes in the Southern Hemisphere appear to coincide with climate changes in the Northern Hemisphere. During the three-week course, he showed the students how to gather that data for themselves by looking at how Alaska's glaciers have advanced and retreated over the last 10,000 years.
A few video highlights follow:
Enjoy the scenery from Day One
Explore an ice cave under Tebenkof Glacier
"Classroom" with a view!
What did he mean alders were fun???
Watch part of Blackstone Glacier crumble into the bay
The following is a series of stories about the expedition and the students who participated:
Stories about the course and glacier study
Adjusting to the cold and climbing
Mystery in the ice
A geological dating game
A four-day test of the students' new skills
A challenging final lesson
Meet the students and faculty
Katie Glover: California native studies glaciers from Alaska to Ohio
Becky Reverman: From dinosaur-lover to glacier fan
Michelle Hart: Giggling from glacier to glacier
Patrick Applegate: Who needs TV when you have glaciers?
Janelle Sikorski: The number one glacier addict
Amy Cochran: Winning the important battles
Indiana Geologists Gain from UC's expertise
Northern Kentucky Students share name and glacier adventure
Warren Huff: A lesson in lifelong learning