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December 19, 2013

Glacier Ice Worm Investigations-A Long Slow Processs

Yes, worms really do live in glaciers and in fact, they can’t live off of them. Their scientific name is Mesenchytraeus solifugus. I first saw an ice worm in 1981 in Alaska, the number was small and they seemed insignificant overall. In 1984 I began working in the North Cascades of Washington, and Bill Prater (inventor of the snowshoe with crampon attached) told me I would see millions, and he …