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When Glaciers Melt, What's in the Water?

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Aerial photo of new forests above the shrinking Mendenhall Glacier.

Environmental engineer Michael Nassry studies glacial streams from melting glaciers in Alaska. This photo shows new forests above the shrinking Mendenhall Glacier. It's rare to see a developing forest above a glacier. This picture highlights how these landscapes are rapidly changing.

Credit: Durelle Scott, Virginia Tech


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Aerial photo showing streams of melting ice covering the surface of a glacier.

Streams of melting ice cover the surface of a glacier. Durelle Scott, Virginia Tech associate professor of biological systems engineering, insisted on narrowing the door of the airplane so he could get his photos. And the pilot insisted on duct-taping Scott to the seat.

Credit: Durelle Scott, Virginia Tech


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Photo of Michael Nassry, a Ph. D. student in biological systems engineering at Virginia Tech.

Michael Nassry, a doctoral student in biological systems engineering at Virginia Tech, was part of a team that collected water samples from Alaska's glacier runoff and spent the night on Mendenhall Glacier.

Credit: Durelle Scott, Virginia Tech


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