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March 4

    WACAP -- Western Airborne Contaminants and Assessment Project -- 2007
     

March 5th, 2007 -- The principle of this project is that as the snow falls it deposits a record of air quality.  We simply? sample it, and send it off for analysis.

Above: Rebecca buries the coolers that hold the dry ice that will preserve the snow samples for shipping to the lab.

 

Above: Don Campbell sorts through gear to make sure everything is there for the sampling mission the next morning.

 

Above: The group heading up from Paradise.  Glenn Kessler, Don Campbell, Rebecca Doyle, and Bill Baccus (left to right).

 

Above: Don, Bill, and Rebecca nearing Glacier Vista.

 

Above: Glenn carries the sled that will transport the heavy snow down to Paradise.

 

Above: Bill Baccus on the way up to our highest sampling site.

 

Above: USGS project leader, Don Campbell with Anvil Rock in the background.

 

Above: Probing for a sampling location neither too deep nor too shallow.  Some pits are as deep as 6 meters (nearly 20 feet) or as shallow as a meter (3 feet).

 

Above: Recording site characteristics, stratigraphy, density, and temperature information.

 

Above: Taking temperature data.

 

Above: The support infrastructure - a warming hut, transport sled, supplies, and coffee!

 

Above: Weighing snow densities.

 

Above: Bagging the snow samples.

 

Above: Glenn Kessler is skiing the snow samples down ski patrol style.

 

Above: Glenn and Rebecca on their way down with the samples.

 

Above: Of course, there is time for a few turns on the way down.

 

Above: Norse ski god, Baccus, demonstrates a telemark turn near McClure Rock.

 

 

Here I am stalking the wild parkus biologowabus.

           
   

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