February 19, 2013

NASA finds history in ice


The NASA team successfully climbed the ice-covered cliffs for samples in the Cascade Pass and took core samples from the frozen Lower Cascade Lake.

It was blowing and blustery that day, making the open-air classroom less than hospitable but not quite polar.

With Koenig and Courville, Dr. Thorsten Markus, head of NASA Goddard’s Cryospheric Sciences Lab and the project scientist in charge of the ICESat-2 mission, was here leading the History of Winter team.


Two scientists gave lectures to the research community during the week. 

The first looked to “The Color of Ice” in a presentation by retired NASA astrophysicist Peter Wasilewski; the second lecture was delivered by world-renowned glaciologist Tony Gow, who discussed the climate record contained in ice cores.

Their trip was to end with a visit to the (human-made) Saranac Lake Winter Carnival Ice Palace and a snowshoe hike at the Wild Center in Tupper Lake.

Success comes in translation.

“We hope it gives students a chance to learn about the physics of snow and ice,” Koenig said.

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