Classic Crocks: Update From Easton Glacier
January 19, 2014
My first crowd-sourced science expedition was in August 2012, when I joined Dr. Mauri Pelto in the Northern Cascades range, just this side of the Canadian border, on Easton Glacier, a major ice slab on the south face of Mt Baker, an active volcano.
Dr. Pelto has been trekking these glaciers for 30 years, painstakingly compiling a record of snow fall, freeze, thaw, melt, and motion. Pelto is held in the highest regard by his peers, and working with him, you realize why. The work is at once physically demanding, overwhelming, even dangerous – and yet calls for the utmost in careful measure and method.
Part 2 of last week’s Skype conversation with Dr. Pelto is above.