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News Release 12-030

Scientists Unlock Record of Ecosystem Changes Frozen in World's Glaciers

History of influence of industrial revolution hidden in glacial ice

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Photo of ice wall in Mendenhall Glacier, Alaska.

Ice wall in Mendenhall Glacier, Alaska, contains frozen clues to environmental change.

Credit: Aron Stubbins, Skidaway Institute of Oceanography


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Photo of a torrent of ice-water from Mendenhall Glacier.

Torrent of ice-water from Mendenhall Glacier carries organic matter to the Gulf of Alaska.

Credit: Aron Stubbins


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Photo of researcher Eran Hood operating the motor in a boat with Mendenhall Glacier in background.

Researcher Eran Hood ferries sample-laden scientists from Mendenhall Glacier to a lab.

Credit: Aron Stubbins, Skidaway Institute of Oceanography


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Photo of scientist Robert Spencer looking down on Mendenhall Glacier from a helicopter.

Scientist Robert Spencer looks down on Mendenhall Glacier from a helicopter.

Credit: Aron Stubbins, Skidaway Institute of Oceanography


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Photo of a glacier river flowing into the Gulf of Alaska.

Glacier river flows into the Gulf of Alaska, carrying material that feeds the marine food web.

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Photo of a meadow with wildflowers surrounded by evergreen trees with mountains in the background.

What goes around comes around: glaciers flow into the sea, which washes onto the land.

Credit: Aron Stubbins, Skidaway Institute of Oceanography


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