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21 January, 2003

The Ultimate Field Trip

You can learn a great deal in the classroom, but how can you substitute a book for the real thing? The answer is that you can, but it certainly doesn't make the same impression. I have read about glaciers, moraines, deltas, icebergs, cinder cones, crevasses, and more. How do I begin to describe what it is like to walk around these things and to see them first hand? I want to share the grandeur of all this without it being just another "book" for the learner. I'm not feeling very confident that I can accomplish this and may devote the majority of this entry to photos. My hope is that with these photos and a little imagination, some of you can take yourself on a brief field trip to

the snout of a tremendous Antarctic ice form known as Taylor Glacier.

Chris and Brenda took us on a two hour walk along the snout of Taylor Glacier where it runs into the west lobe of Bonney Lake. Our camp is pitched right at the base of the glacier and the views are spectacular in every direction. Behind our camp is Rhone Glacier and across the lake is Calkin Glacier. Looking north is a great granite mountain with a dark black dike running straight up the middle of the face. West is the amazing Beacon Sandstone formation with the dolorite.

That mound is a delta. To the right is Rhone Glacier.

Aaron and others as we approach Taylor Glacier.

Our Lake Bonney camp on the west lobe at the base of Taylor Glacier.

A close up view of Blood Falls. Quite amazing up close as the red deposit stains the brilliant white.

A cave beneath the flank (side) of Taylor Glacier.

The 15,000 year old delta on the left, and Taylor Glacier on the right.

Aaron and others as we approach Taylor Glacier.

Taylor Glacier and Blood Falls that runs down the snout. The red color is caused by oxidized iron in the water.

A view from Lake Bonney looking at Taylor Glacier and Calkin Glacier.

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