Photo Friday: Glacial Moraine Maps as Art

Joerg Schaefer, a geoscience researcher at the Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory at Columbia University, specializes in tracing the history of moraines through cosmogenic radionuclide dating. He depicts the results of his research in maps of moraines–the accumulation of glacial till and sediment at the end, or snout, of a glacier, or along its sides. While scientific in nature, the maps themselves are visually stunning- prompting GlacierHub to showcase some of the glacial maps from Schaefer’s research.

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Joerg Schaefer
Joerg Schaefer, photo from personal website

Schaefer is most interested in studying the dynamics of earth surface processes and their interaction with climate, as well as ice ages and the dating and quantifying of changes in earth’s climate and landscape. He can be contacted here.


Glacier stories you may have missed – 8/18

Screenshot from We Are Glacier PeopleGlacier tourism could be under threat

“Canterbury University geography lecturer Heather Purdie has been monitoring Fox Glacier’s retreat since 2005, focusing on the glacier’s physical changes and how they affect tourist access and safety.”

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Researchers map the world’s glaciers (all 200,000 of them)

“The recently completed catalog will help researchers understand the effects of climate change and address water issues of local communities”

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We Are Glacier People

Indie Alaska is an original video series produced by Alaska Public Media in partnership with PBS Digital Studios. The weekly series captures the diverse and colorful lifestyles of everyday Alaskans at work and at play. Together, these videos present a fresh and authentic look at living in Alaska.

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