Wednesday, June 28, 2006

Here are a couple of pictures from a nearby aufeis at Galbraith Lake. We went for a short hike there on Sunday and played around all of the ice formations. It was actually sunny and gorgeous out. I'll have to post some more realistic pictures of our field site so y'all don't think I'm on vacation up here in the middle of nowhere!

Aufeis is German for "ice on top" and forms from streams or springs causing ice to form over existing ice. In the summer up here, this ice melts back partially to reveal very cool formations as well as bridges of ice over the running stream. Needless to say, the water there is very cold- and my feet were pretty sore when I attempted to wade barefoot over some pretty sharp rocks. Still haven't figured out why injuries hurt more when you're already freezing.

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