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September 29, 2014

Monday Geology Picture: U-Shaped Glacial Valley, Seward Peninsula, Alaska

When glaciers erode landscapes, they often leave behind characteristic U-shaped valleys. This week’s Monday Geology Picture shows a U-shaped glacial valley on the Seward Peninsula in Alaska. This valley is located just outside of the gold mining town of Nome. Does anyone else have good pictures of U-shaped valleys?

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February 24, 2014

Plane Views: Denali

Three out of the four times that I flew between Anchorage and Nome, Alaska, the weather was overcast and clouds covered much of the landscape below. However, when I flew from Nome to Anchorage in August 2013 I was fortunate enough to fly on a day when skies were clear. I was thrilled to obtain a spectacular view of Denali, also known as Mt. McKinley, the highest peak in North …

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October 28, 2013

Monday Geology Picture: Blackstone Glacier, Prince William Sound, Alaska

This week’s picture was taken by my husband Jackie in Prince William Sound, Alaska, back in early September. Jackie and I spent about two months working in Alaska earlier this year. After our work, I went to visit my family in New Hampshire for a few days while Jackie stayed behind with a colleague to pack up gear and such. Just before flying home to South Africa, Jackie and the …

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July 23, 2013

Accretionary Wedge #58: Signpost Outside of Nome, Alaska

I’m currently in Nome, Alaska for another season of fieldwork. So, if I’m a bit scarce around here over the next several weeks, that’s why. However, I hope to share a few pictures from Alaska now and then. Here’s one to start things off. While driving around the Nome area today, I ran across this fun signpost. I think that it is a perfect entry for Accretionary Wedge #58! Don’t …

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April 6, 2013

Plane Views: Amsterdam to Cape Town– Part II

Here is Part II of the views that I observed during a flight from Amsterdam to Cape Town back in September 2012. Part I is here. I believe that all of these shots were taken over Algeria. There are some stunning desert views. Although I grew up in relatively lush New England, I have always liked deserts. I think I first became enchanted by deserts when I was an exchange …

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March 25, 2013

Monday Geology Picture(s): Gold Reef City– Panning for Gold

After passing through the mining-themed entrance, going on an underground mine tour, and watching a gold pouring demonstration at Gold Reef City (a gold mining themed amusement park in Johannesburg, South Africa), my husband and I decided to try the “Gold Panning” activity. I must admit, we were somewhat disappointed in this activity, which involved “panning” for some shiny metal (but not gold– it was very different in texture, density, …

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March 23, 2013

Plane Views: Amsterdam to Cape Town– Part I

After flying from Nome to Anchorage and then from Anchorage to Seattle and then from Seattle to Amsterdam, my husband and I finally boarded our last flight home, which was from Amsterdam to Cape Town. The flight was long (11.5 hours!), but we were fortunate to observe plenty of amazing scenery along the way. In this post I’m sharing some pictures that I took during this Amsterdam to Cape Town …

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March 21, 2013

Plane Views: Seattle to Amsterdam

I’m nearly done sharing all of my pictures from my trip to Alaska in July to September 2012. I just need to finish up two outstanding “Plane Views” posts and then share some pictures and information from a wonderful sea kayaking trip in Prince William Sound. However, I’m most likely going back to Alaska again in a few months, so there will probably be more about Alaska in the future …

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March 7, 2013

Plane Views: Anchorage to Seattle

After flying from Nome to Anchorage back in September 2012, my husband and I spent a night in a hotel, had dinner with some colleagues, and then very early the next morning headed to the airport for our next flight to Seattle. Below are some pictures we took from the airplane. I believe that most of these shots were taken over British Columbia. Enjoy! And, as always, feel free to …

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March 6, 2013

Plane Views: Nome to Anchorage

A few months ago, I shared some pictures taken during a set of four flights from Cape Town, South Africa to Nome, Alaska: Cape Town to Amsterdam Amsterdam to Minneapolis Minneapolis to Anchorage Anchorage to Nome Now, I’d like to share some pictures taken during the return journey in September 2012, which was Nome –> Anchorage –> Seattle –> Amsterdam –> South Africa. This first post contains some pictures taken …

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