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PHS students prepare for upcoming LeConte Glacier survey


March 10, 2022

Photo courtesy of Tom Thompson

Jaime Cabral, Lydia Martin, Leesa Murph, Leiah Kittams, Owen O'Brocta, Lathum Johnson, Julian Cumps, and Tom Thompson stand in front of LeConte Glacier near the northern survey marker after completing the 2021 survey.

While most high schools may take a field trip to the local museum or zoo, a select group of Petersburg High School students get to go somewhere a little bit cooler-LeConte Glacier.

Each year, students set out to survey the glacier and record how it has moved over time. They're taking what they have learned in the classroom and are applying it in the field.

The survey began in 1983 with high school teacher Paul Bowen's surveying class as an opportunity for the top students to get real world surveying experience.

Science teacher Victor Trautman became involved in the program in the early 1990...

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