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UC Geologists Head to Alaskan Ice Fields
Glacial Studies Focused on Global Climate Change

Updated: Sept. 20, 2001
By: Chris Curran
Phone: (513) 556-1806
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.

Alaskan glaciers

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.

Worthington glacier

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

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