With a few days of good weather the team had a very productive time at one of our most northerly field sites, Straumsnutane.

This site is on the west side of an ice stream (a “river” of much faster flowing ice that drains ice from this part of the ice sheet), and so we want to see how the ice sheet level has changed in this dynamic area.

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Ice stream from the air

The ice stream from the air – the cracks are crevasses that open up because of tension (pulling apart) in the ice as it moves. Photo: Jon Harbor

Ice stream

The same ice stream from the ground. Photo: Jon Harbor

GPS base station

Sarah sets up the GPS base station. Photo: Jon Harbor

Camp site

Our camp. Photo: Jon Harbor


One tent is a meeting room, and the other is the bathroom. Photo: Jon Harbor

Researchers on a ridge

Much of our time is spent walking along ridges of rock that stick up from the ice. Photo: Jon Harbor


Looking for evidence of past times when the ice was thicker and flowed over the ridge (e.g., striations or erratics). Photo: Jon Harbor

Researchers taking notes

We use a hand lens (a small magnifying glass) to check the rock carefully to see if it has the right minerals in it for the laboratory analyses we want to do on rock samples and take lots of notes. Photo: Jon Harbor


We are really happy when we find a large piece of quartz-rich material in the rock, as this makes for the very best samples! Photo: Jon Harbor