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Film shows glacier studies at Mount Rainier, North Cascades

Post by Jeff Mayor / The News Tribune on July 16, 2013 at 10:55 am |
July 16, 2013 10:55 am

A new film on glacier monitoring, produced by the North Coast & Cascades Science Learning Network, is now available online.

“Keepers of the Beat” features Dr. Jon Riedel, a National Park Service glaciologist at North Cascades National Park, showing how and why he takes the pulse of glaciers, said a Park Service news release. The film’s title refers to the fact that glaciers respond to environmental conditions and keep a record of their past history, the “beats” of time.

This film takes viewers to the top of the glaciers and behind the scenes with scientists from North Cascades and Mount Rainer who are studying these glaciers and contemplating what their recession could mean for both the national parks and the planet, said the news release. The films explains shares Riedel’s findings, ties in related work at Mount Rainier National Park and explains how the projects are linked together.

The film shows the scientists going about their work and discussing their personal motivations and concerns. The film is 18 minutes long and streamed in HD video.

This is just one film created by the Science Learning Network, a National Park Service program serving all the Northwest national parks. The program’s mission is to encourage park research and to disseminate results of that research.

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