National Geographic : 1967 Feb
Campus on ice: Field head quarters of Michigan State Uni versity's Summer Institute of Glaciological and Arctic Sci ences clings to a nunatak, or island of rock, at Camp 10, near ly 400 feet above Taku Glacier, a river of ice rimmed by the jagged Taku Range. Each summer some sixty teachers and students study Alaska's vast fields of ice. Their survey, directed by the author, includes the five-year Alaskan Glacier Commemorative Proj ect, sponsored by the National Geographic Society to continue research begun 58 years ago by glaciologists Ralph S. Tarr and Lawrence Martin. Hivelike shelters holding sen sitive equipment yield tempera ture and humidity readings to a student making rounds in sub arctic twilight. Northern lights silhouette a nunatak behind a 1,000-vol ume field library.