Saturday, September 24th, 2011
Trail Of Time

According to the U.S. Forest Service, the Little Ice Age, a period of global cooling, began 3,000 years ago and ended in the mid-1700s. It left behind the Juneau Icefield and its adjoining glaciers – including the Mendenhall – as reminders of a colder time. As the ice slowly relinquishes its hold on the land, it leaves behind barren land in its wake. This land is slowly coming back to life, as plants and animals move in to fill the void left behind by the ice. Hiking along the ‘Trail of Time’ offers a glimpse on how the land is changing as it recovers from its recent glaciation. Step by step, vegetation covers barren areas, and plants systematically replace each other to build a climax forest, which will dominate the landscape until the next ice age starts the process again.

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Thursday, July 7th, 2011
Mendenhall Lake Iceberg

Undeterred by the rain, Florian and I went for a spin in the seakayak at Mendenhall Lake yesterday. Recent calving events discharged more ice into the lake, and it seems that the cavity on the east side of the terminus got larger, exposing an enormous waterfall. Here, the Mendenhall Glacier Visitor Center is dwarfed by a huge iceberg floating near Nugget Falls.

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