Climate Studies Are Crucial, but Not Easy

Chronicle photo by Paul Basken

The Canada Glacier reaches an end at Antarctica's Lake Hoare, where scientists have set up a field camp to study factors that contribute to glacial melting and the types of life that can survive in barren environments.
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The Canada Glacier comes to an abrupt and majestic end in the Taylor Valley, in the form of a 60-foot-high wall of ice that dwarfs the tents of the climate scientists who sleep beneath it. There, in bright summer sunshine, the glacier melts steadily...

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