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LeConte Glacier fieldwork is underway

 

Jess Field / Petersburg Pilot

Dave Sutherland, left, and Jason Amundson are just two of the five researchers currently working on a project involving LeConte Glacier. They were in Petersburg this week and conducted fieldwork in LeConte Bay.

Researchers involved in a four-year collaborative project to study the impact of subglacial discharge at LeConte Glacier were in town this week to conduct fieldwork in LeConte Bay. The study is focused on improving our understanding of how tidewater glaciers interact with the ocean and how the ocean interacts with the glacier.

"Basically, the short story is we are looking at how runoff from the glacier affects circulation in the fjord, and then how that circulation then affects melting of the glacier face,'' says Jason Amundson, a glaciologist with the Department of Natural Sciences at the...



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