Girls on Ice Cascades
Erin Pettit (Instructor)
Cecelia Mortenson (Instructor)
Maria Coryell-Martin (Instructor)
Highlights: This year the snow level was very high, the glacier ice was more exposed than we have ever seen it before. Lots of water was running on the surface, leaving sinuous channels and many moulins. We discovered a small collection of beads and rings melting out of the glacier ice – probably thrown into a crevasse higher on the mountain many years ago (maybe in the 1960s?). Melissa, a volcano glaciologist, visited us and taught the group about the crater glacier, the dragonhole, and about sulfuric volcanic rocks that can actually burn! We found a small cave to crawl underneath the glacier. Half of the team climbed to the crater rim and then continued on to the very windy summit.
The girls wrote summaries of their explorations:
A bit of exciting news from a 2009 team member:
“I am sitting in the Atlanta airport right now waiting to get on a flight to Johannesburg. I am doing an REU (Research Experience for Undergrad) with the University of Texas at Austin on remote sensing in Botswana. I’ll be working with the indigenous peoples of the Okavango Delta to see record how global climate change affects their livelihood. This summer I will be camping out in the Kalahari Game Reserve! Thank you for changing my life with Girls on Ice! It helped me find out that I am a scientist. Tell this year’s girls for me that there are a lot of amazing opportunities in the science world and Girls on Ice is the best place to start.” – Annie (from Alaska)