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PHS students measure LeConte Glacier movement


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From left to right: Kyle Hagerman, Skipper Erickson, Ian Fleming, Shalie Dahl, Aaron Murph and Chauncy Sandhofer stand in front of LeConte Glacier during a day of surveying.

Despite a mild winter, LeConte Glacier really hasn't receded or advanced much.

Six Petersburg High School (PHS) students traveled by skiff and helicopter to survey the glacier on May 12 and mapped the data on May 18.

"What we discovered this year, is the same as it's been the last four or five years," PHS science teacher Vic Trautman said.

But the ice pack is thinning, according to University of Alaska Fairbanks studies.

Trautman said they've seen a reduction in the serac, a block of glacial ice, in the front. The highest is about 160 feet above the water. About ten years ago, they were no...

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