Ever Wonder What A Glacier Looks Like From The Inside?
The photo above depicts a journey through the ice caves below the Mendenhall Glacier in Juneau, Alaska. The glacier's retreat and rapid melting has caused these caves to form (and collapse) over the past few hundred years. Touring them is an activity not for unadventurous types -- reaching the caves typically involves an arduous hike, sometimes over the glacier itself.
Warm weather has expedited the glacier's retreat and hundreds of feet of ice disappear each year. Barring a shift in weather patterns that would bring more snowfall and less melting, the Mendenhall Glacier will disappear in the next few centuries, so book your tickets today. Be sure to grab some dumplings while you're in town.
For more photos and info, check out this feature in The Huffington Post
Also, read this article about the ancient forest frozen beneath the glacier at Live Science
Finally, click here for time-lapse photos of Mendenhall Glacier's dramatic retreat
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- The EAST reactor was able to heat hydrogen to temperatures exceeding 100 million degrees Celsius.
- Nuclear fusion could someday provide the planet with a virtually limitless supply of clean energy.
- Still, scientists have many other obstacles to pass before fusion technology becomes a viable energy source.
Giving our solar system a "slap in the face."
- A stream of galactic debris is hurtling at us, pulling dark matter along with it
- It's traveling so quickly it's been described as a hurricane of dark matter
- Scientists are excited to set their particle detectors at the onslffaught
The 116th Congress is set to break records in term of diversity among its lawmakers, though those changes are coming almost entirely from Democrats.
- Women and nonwhite candidates made record gains in the 2018 midterms.
- In total, almost half of the newly elected Congressional representatives are not white men.
- Those changes come almost entirely from Democrats; Republican members-elect are all white men except for one woman.
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