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By Ben Muir 

34th Leconte Glacier survey


Photo courtesy of Jon Kludt-Painter

The LeConte Glacier has moved back 200 feet from its 10 year average position.

Petersburg High School students used trigonometry to pinpoint the terminus location of the LeConte Glacier last month during the 34th annual survey.

The survey found that the glacier moved about 200 feet back from its average position for the last 10 years, which is not a significant change, said Victor Troutman, who oversees the survey.

Seven students trained weekly over their lunch break for a year before they could participate in the survey, which is a data-gathering expedition that started in 1983 by Paul Bowen. The purpose is to locate the glacier's terminus, which is the edge of the g...

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