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PHS students track LeConte Glacier for 30 years Glacier remains stable for past seven years


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Petersburg High School students study the movement of LeConte Glacier with PHS teachers Victor Trautman and John Kludt-Painter, who will take over the project when Trautman retires. Shown here are the students (from left) Krissa Davis, Eva Kowalski, Fran Abbott, Sam Merifern, Cynthia Benitz and Sierra Streuli.

For the last 30 years, students from Petersburg High School have tracked the movement of LeConte Glacier and continue this tradition to this day.

PHS teacher, Victor Trautman, along with students have used approved surveying techniques to measure the terminus of the glacier. The group usually does this in the second week of May and they map it from there.

“With this map we are able to generate the general idea of whether the glacier is advancing or receding,” Trautman said. “What we have to realize is that the glacier is always moving, but then it calves off.”

That movement and calv...

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