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The Matanuska valley, northeast of Anchorage, Alaska valley_IMG_5443 Me and the Matunuska glacier. rmatanuska_IMG_5503 The obligatory kite. Unfortunately winds were too light to get more than a few m up, so I didnt get any good pictures from it. kite_IMG_5438
Setting up the video projector. The projector, and a generator to run it, had to be packed in about a half mile across the glacier screensetup_IMG_5474 Discussing pictures of Titan's lakes to camera. Note that Tom with the sound gear and Haydn with camera are roped into a bolt screwed into the ice, whereas I just have to be steady on my crampons. talkingcliff_IMG_5470 First slide please - note the sun-cupped texture of the ice wall firstslide_IMG_5484
One of the cool things we did was launch chinese lanterns (little paper hot air balloons) into the evening sky, while discussing to camera the escape of planetary atmospheres. balloon_IMG_5507 The BBC rescheduled the shoot due to weather, meaning I didnt get a helicopter ride, but I did get a day off, so went hiking. Despite being Alaska in October, scrambling up a 1000ft steep sage-covered mountainside was hot work. rstud_IMG_5519 Me and Prof. Brian Cox (a particle physicist, and a bit of a science celebrity in the UK, in the 9-seater Cessna chartered to take us to Cordova for the Lake Eyak shoot. rnbrian_IMG_5528
From the charter flight, we had a good view of some of the glaciers on the Alaskan south coast glacierflow_IMG_5550 Lake Eyak near Cordova has some methane bubbling up from its bed, which the crew shot. The bubbles were a lot less interesting than the bald eagles around the lake. In 4 hours we unloaded the film gear from the Cessna, drove out to Eyak, tooled around in a skiff catching methane bubbles, set fire to some, then put me back on the scheduled flight back to Anchorage. eyak_IMG_5561
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