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Bowen: PHS glacier survey work started in 1983


Paul Bowen / Submitted Photo

Emily Worhatch, left to right, Paul Bowen, Ed Tagaban, Kurt Fredicksen, Alan Bentiz and U.S. Forest Service surveyor Sam Bunge take a photo to remember the first year of glacier surveying in 1983.

LeConte Glacier is a treasure many locals might overlook, but PHS students have been gaining a new respect for the icy giant for over 30 years now, thanks in large part to Paul Bowen.

He is not a glaciologist. He is not a certified surveyor. Bowen was simply a science teacher who's been intrigued by glaciers ever since 1952 when he spent three months living on one while conducting fieldwork.

In 1962, Bowen's first year teaching at PHS, it only took a week or two before he asked his new students about their interaction with LeConte Glacier. He asked students in his science class to raise th...

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