James: At the Ngozumpa Glacier

Today we went out on the glacier. It was amazing to see how different this glacier is from the Lirung glacier! There were lakes all over it, and walking on there frozen surface is both nerve-racking and exhilarating. Today’s job consisted of chopping holes in the ice’s surface so we could take various measurements from the water below. Using ice axes and a 40-pound metal pole, we were able to make openings in the ice that were about 2 feet by a foot. When we finally hit open water we took measurements of the temperature, the levels of dissolved oxygen, and the PH balance of the water. With all of this information, the scientists hope to find out about the behavior of the lakes and the water that flows through them.

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