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Glaciers,... the Amazing World of Ancient Ice !!

Discussion in 'Storm Pictures' started by Alaska Boss, Apr 6, 2010.

  1. Alaska Boss

    Alaska Boss PlowSite.com Addict
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    Well, a few days ago, me and a couple buddies decided to go explore one of the biggest glaciers we have in our area,... and since we had a near-perfect day, we decided to try & go where few others have ever been,... to drive right into a glacier and check out some ancient ice that human eyes have never seen. Of course, the ultimate goal is to come back & tell about it, so we weren't going to do anything stupid,... but right now is the time of year when a person can go places that are not accessible at any other time. So,... we loaded up & took off across some lakes,... way up ahead is the mountain range that holds our destination,..

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  2. Alaska Boss

    Alaska Boss PlowSite.com Addict
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    Then we finally made it to the big lake that is fed by this glacier,... this lake is almost 30 miles long,... several hundred feet deep,... and has a fairly big river the empties out of it,... so it takes a big water supply to keep a lake like this full.... which would speak of just how massive this glacier really is,... so, we took off across the lake,... a few others had been here during the course of the winter,... but we saw no other tracks where we ended up....

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  3. Alaska Boss

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    We'd stop every once in a while,... to take a few pictures, etc. I took over 300,... one of the other guys took over 600,... I'm not going to post them all... but there will be a whole pile of them in this thread,... :nod:

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  4. Alaska Boss

    Alaska Boss PlowSite.com Addict
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    The lake is kinda L-shaped,... and once we got to the inside corner of the lake, we just followed the shoreline,... working our way towards the glacier at the head of it,...

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  5. Quality SR

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    Nice looking pictures AB. What was the temp during your adventure? Keep the pictures coming?
     
  6. Alaska Boss

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    Then finally wayyyyyy up ahead,... there it is! This glacier is far far bigger than what can be seen from the lake,... as a matter of fact, the part we were able to see is just a little chunk of the whole thing.... :nod:

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  7. Alaska Boss

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    Every so often, we'd come across a small creek that emptied into the lake, and many times the area right there would stay open water thru-out the winter,... sometimes you can see fish swimming around in it,... and many other animals stop by to check things out as well,.. like these fox tracks tell us,...
     
  8. Alaska Boss

    Alaska Boss PlowSite.com Addict
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    ooooops,.. forgot the pics,....

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  9. Alaska Boss

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    I think it was maybe in the teens when we left,... slowly getting warmer as the day went on,... but then clearly getting colder again as we got up onto the ice. We actually were at this glacier about 5 years ago,.. but didn't go into it like we did this time. Also, the snow got deeper & softer as well the closer we got,... plus you have to be careful about thin ice on those little creeks too,... :dizzy:

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  10. Quality SR

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    What a difference from the sub zero temps you had this winter. It must feel like summer already.
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  11. Alaska Boss

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    We continued on,.. coming up to the end of the lake,... and the glacier kept looking bigger,.. and now it appeared that a cloud system was forming over it,.. which was bad, because not only does it not make for good picture-taking,.. we need to have very good visibility to safely travel around this thing,...

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  12. Alaska Boss

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    As we came off the end of the lake, we started running up on these small foothills, and encountering rocks and boulders strewn about all over,... clearly evidence of past glacier activity & ice that use to extend down closer to the lake,...

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  13. Alaska Boss

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    We could see that these clouds were forming right here in this valley,... apparently having a valley full of ice was causing enough of a temp difference that the clouds formed as air flowed over this valley,...

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  14. Alaska Boss

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    So, as we were climbing over these smaller hills, covered with rocks, etc, they appeared to just be hills,... until suddenly we came over a couple that showed what they were really made of,... solid ice! :nod:

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  15. Alaska Boss

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    As we went farther in,... the ice got "cleaner" and more greenish/blue,... but we didn't know that at this point,... we haven't seen nothing yet,... :eek:

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  16. Alaska Boss

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    We noticed that a small snowslide came down just to the side on the mountain as we went by,...

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  17. Alaska Boss

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    As we kept climbing,... the crevasses in the ice were getting bigger & deeper,...

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  18. Alaska Boss

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    We started out on the extreme left-hand side of the glacier, knowing that we would always hit a dead end where we could not go on any farther,... so we would have to go back,... cross over toward the right a ways,.. then go back up again,... trying to find some route that will allow us to go up farther than anyone else may have ever gone....

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  19. Alaska Boss

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    We tried several places to get up & in farther, but always hit some barrier that forced us to go back & look again,...

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  20. Alaska Boss

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    And then, sorta in the middle of the glacier valley, we found an area that was much more open and flat,.. at least for a ways,... and not only could we see that we could go into the glacier a lot farther now,... but this was the beginning of some spectacular ice bergs & formations,... such as this chunk,... both of my buddies are 6'4",... just to give a size reference as to how big some of these ice cubes are,... and remember,.. there is most likely at least several hundred feet of ice underneath us as well as what's sticking up,.... :eek:

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