All photographs copyright (2003-2013) by Kris H. Light

At the end of the hike I couldn't resist scooping up some water from the headwaters of the Matanuska river at the base of the glacier to share with my students back in Tennessee! The gray, ice-cold water roared from the vent at the end of the glacier. ...
At the end of the hike I couldn't resist scooping up some water from the headwaters of the Matanuska river at the base of the glacier to share with my students back in Tennessee! The gray, ice-cold water roared from the vent at the end of the glacier. The gray color came from the powder-fine glacier dust which is ground from the rock below the glacier. That same glacier flour will eventually end up in the mudflats of Knik Arm near Anchorage. The "quickmud" becomes a deathtrap to unwary people who may walk out on it at low tide.

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