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How does something 10,000 feet tall and 1.7 million square kilometers melt? After hearing and feeling loud rumbles from our field site, we hiked to the source, Russell Glacier, to watch the calving. It was a warm August afternoon, and the ice had been in the sun for at least 12 hours by the time we arrived. Below is a sample of the magnificent process.

For size perspective, here are a few members of the team during a calving:
Russell Glacier calving. Laura, Gifford, Lauren and Chris for scale. Photo by Matt Ayres.

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