Contents Page for John's Slideshow
- These caribou helped keep an eye on us as we mapped the Alaskan tundra's "active layer" - the top part of the ground that thaws in the summer and refreezes every winter.
- In the background is Alaska's Brooks Mountain Range. The foreground is the tundra where we worked.
- Welcome to our home away from home!
- Here is the Toolik Field Station, which is run by the University of Alaska. Up to 130 people can work here at a time.
- Out working on the tundra. The vertical poles help us keep track of where we are in the study area.
- This fox has found a patch of rocks to blend in with!
- Here's a fox with attitude!
- This is a miniature data logger - it collects temperature information.
- We use the information recorded on these data loggers to determine how many days have a mean temperature above freezing during the warm season.
- We were treated to lovely sunsets!
- High fashion, tundra style!
- Atmospheric science lab.
- Hard at work in the lab!
- Part of the time we used small fixed-wing airplanes to get around. The rest of the time we used helicopters.
- Getting off the plane with some of our equipment
- Here's my cozy comfy tent!
- Here's the field station at dusk. The time is 1 a.m. - talk about long days!
- This is the Trans-Alaska Pipeline. We did a lot of our work along the pipeline corridor.
- Here's a grizzly bear that is also working along the pipeline!
- These sheep are not nearly as alarming as a grizzly bear!
- Lakes in the tundra
- A spectacular sunset!