Maynard Malcolm "Mal" Miller started one of the longest-running icefield studies in the world, performing paradigm-shifting research that contributed significantly to the world's understanding of climate change and glacial health.
The Mendenhall Glacier Visitor Center provides extensive information about the natural history of Juneau's most accessible glacier and the surrounding Tongass National Forest. But when it was built in the early 1960s, the center met some more basic needs. "It was a place where people could get warm, dry and go to the bathroom," said Pamela Finney, public affairs director for the U.S. Forest Service in Alaska.
...to discuss possible training activities on the Juneau Icefield. Miller is a board member of the Foundation for Glacier and Environmental Research, which conducts a variety of scientific activities at camps on the icefield. In the background...
Many of Alaska's glaciers may be retreating, but ice field research surges ahead with the appointment of a new director at the Juneau Icefield Research Program.
Community thank you letters.
About eight years ago, a group of hikers and scientists who had been hiking to the Herbert Glacier for years noticed something sticking out from the silt the glacier deposited as it retreated. "When we first started going back there, Bob Garrison and I saw this ... material sticking out of the bank," said Al Shaw, an amateur geologist who has been hiking to the Herbert Glacier at least twice a year for many years. He and Garrison contacted their friend Mary Ann Parke, a geologist who was working with the Foundation for Glacier and Environmental Research, based at the University of Idaho.
On Sunday, May 16, the smiles were large and the tails were waggin' in anticipation of the start of the annual Gastineau Humane Society ``Running with the Pack'' fund raiser at The Brotherhood Bridge parking lot.
The University of Alaska Southeast Cooperative is offering a ``Moss Control on Roofs'' free seminar, from 7 to 9 p.m., March 16, at Floyd Dryden Middle School. To sign up, call 465-8749.
On June 24, the Juneau Icefield Research Group, led by glaciologist Dr. Maynard Miller, held its 50th annual get-together at the home of Dean and Edna Williams.
Glaciologists flew over the glacier last September and saw something they had never seen before: all recent snow and five or six layers of firn - snow that's survived at least one melt season - had disappeared.
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