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Tapping into Science-Frost Brewed Glaciers

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Date: February 23, 2010
Contact: Charles Beall, 360 854-7302
Contact: Jon_Riedel@nps.gov

Glaciers are the topic of conversation at the next Tapping into Science

What: Thirsty Mountain Tops: Decline of Frost-Brewed Glaciers

When: Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Time: 7:30 p.m.

Duration: Approximately 30 minutes

Location: Chuckanut Brewery & Kitchen, 601 West Holly Street, Bellingham

Did you know that two-thirds of the glaciers in the contiguous 48 states are in the North Cascades? Join North Cascades National Park geologist Jon Riedel for a conversation about glacier monitoring and learn what this program can tell us about their and our future.

Fundamental to the National Park Service’s ability to manage park resources "unimpaired for the enjoyment of future generations" is the need to understand the condition of these resources. For example, park "Vital Signs" such as glaciers are monitored by park scientists to identify trends, inform park management decisions, and provide early warning of impending threats.

The preservation of our national parks requires good science. Further, it requires that this science is shared with both scientists and non-scientists. Thus, the goal of Tapping into Science is to help people learn more about their national parks and encourage further scientific inquiry. This series explores, in an informal way, a sampling of the vast array of current science that takes place in our national parks – which, as protected areas, are natural laboratories for study. Conversations are held at the Chuckanut Brewery & Kitchen on the last Wednesday of each month at 7:30 p.m.

Directions available at http://www.chuckanutbreweryandkitchen.com/

A focus group meets in Concrete at the Upper Skagit Library the next night on Thursday, February 25 at 6:30pm to discuss attitudes about mountains and glaciers and their importance to nearby communities.

The focus group is part of a larger anthropological study, conducted by Julie Brugger, from Univeristy of Washington. She will be conducting interviews and examining community needs, in regard to Glacial and Climate Change.


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