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Wyoming scientists study glacier ecosystem

Wyoming scientists study glacier ecosystem

WIND RIVER MOUNTAINS, Wyo. — Shirts whipping in the wind, scientists Craig Thompson and Christopher Robinson clambered over a boulder field recently exposed to wind and sun for the first time in thousands of years. Gray and black, the area looks like a wasteland of dirty ice and broken rock,…

January 23, 2011 12:00 am Photos

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Glacier study

Glacier study

Professor Craig Thompson uses a turbidimeter to measure clarity of the runoff from Gannett Glacier during a scientific trip to collect data in early September. Glaciers produce glacier flour, which clouds the water. Measuring the clarity gives an indication of how much movement and grinding …

January 22, 2011 11:45 pmLoading…
Glacier study

Glacier study

Craig Thompson, left, and outfitter Meredith Taylor look over a map before heading up the trail to Gannett Glacier in early September. Thompson, who has been studying the glaciers in the Wind River Mountains for 25 years, went with a team to collect samples from the glacial streams.

January 22, 2011 11:45 pmLoading…
Glacier study

Glacier study

College students Morgan Freestone, left, and Erica David look for rocks in the runoff from Gannett Glacier during a trip made by scientists in early September to study the glaciers in the Wind River Mountains. The scientists are studying how the bugs and plants at higher elevations react to …

January 22, 2011 11:45 pmLoading…

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