It’s Hard to Do Climate Research When Your Glacier Is Melting

“There have been lots of times we walked to a stake, and you could see it, but there’s a moat of crevasses that are 10 to 20 feet wide,” says Ben Pelto, a postdoctoral research fellow at the University of British Columbia. “And it’s like, well, there’s no way we can get over to that stake anymore. It impacts the amount of research you could do and the safety with which you could do it.”

The danger has also been heightened for researchers working just above the snowline on mountains. For Karapetrova, the massive swings in temperatures can cause rock falls or avalanches, making it hazardous for her to move

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