Blog Posts Tagged "glaciers"

First entry: Introduction

This is Dr. Stephen Pekar, and I have been a geology professor at Queens College since 2003.  My main focus of research has been investigating past climate and oceanographic changes during times (16- 45 million years ago) when CO2 was as high as what is predicted for this century (500-1000 ppm).

Traffic flow

Alaska uses a coastal water transportation system of tugboats and barges loaded with containers to distribute goods from coastal town to town. We have seen several passing by in the last few days as they take advantage of the good weather to do this.

Talk about traffic flow! We are in a rich area of glacial transportation.

A Ship with a View

Did you see the spectacular image of Alaska that was taken on June 17th by NASA’s MODIS satellite? Click here to see the cloud-free image of Alaska that captures wildfires, snow, water, ice, and large plumes of sediment entering the Gulf of Alaska. Alaska’s grand landscape is breathtaking from space, land, and sea. We are currently drilling into the continental shelf, approximately 22 miles from the mainland and can see this beauty firsthand. From the ship we can see the breathtaking snow-capped peaks of the Chugach and Wrangell-St. Elias Mountains, and when the cloud curtain isn’t masking our view we have a spectacular view of Mt. St. Elias (18,008 ft) to the northeast and the Bering Glacier to the northwest.