The Meade Glacier

The Meade Glacier

The Meade Glacier in July 2008. Note the crevasses forming where the ice scrapes the mountainsides. Photo by Elizabeth Ruff.

The Meade Glacier

The Meade Glacier

The Meade Glacier in late summer 2008. So much summer melt reveals the sky-blue ice as it contrasts with the darker moraines. Photo by Kyle Dungan.

Denali National Park

Denali National Park

In Denali National Park, Alaska, the largest peak in North America towers over all other mountains at an elevation of 20,322 feet. Photo by David Estrada.

The Exit Glacier

The Exit Glacier

The Exit Glacier, in Seward, Alaska, has receded significantly. Between 1815 and 1999, the glacier retreated an average of 43 feet per year. Photo by David Estrada.

Skagway

Skagway

Skagway is tucked into the northern point of a dramatic glacial fjord in Southeast Alaska. The small town is about 5 blocks wide and 23 blocks long and supports a bustling tourist economy in the summers. Photo by Jon Marshall.

Svínafellsjökull

Svínafellsjökull

Some glaciers, like the Svínafellsjökull in Iceland, discharge such enormous volumes of meltwater that they build up large and often unstable glacial lakes at their terminuses. Photo by Federico Pardo.

Glacier

Glacier

Glaciers that interact with fresh water often calve icebergs, which vary in size and shape and can often spend years floating in the world’s oceans before melting completely.  Photo by M Jackson.

National Geographic Student Expedition

National Geographic Student Expedition

I am pictured to the left, alongside Peter Richards and Mike Diaz during a National Geographic Student Expedition. Photo by M Jackson.

Caribou

Caribou

Hiking in Alaska can lead to surprise encounters, like this caribou that was photographed by the author in Denali National Park. Photo by M Jackson.

Denver Glacier

Denver Glacier

On the Denver Glacier, which is located in the mountains above Skagway, Alaska, the Skagway Volunteer Fire Department Search and Rescue team practices glacier rescue skills and techniques. Photo by Colin Aiken.

Rainbow Farm

Rainbow Farm

The sentinel of the Rainbow Farm, the windmill, silhouetted in the late summer light. For my entire life, I have said goodnight to the windmill before crawling into bed. Photo by M Jackson.

Rainbow Farm

Rainbow Farm

The Rainbow Farm, with my father’s prized and much loved Black Angus cattle pictured in the foreground. Photo by M Jackson.

Home

Home

My parents sitting on the steps of the dream home they built together, guarded over by our farm dog Roon Toon Toon. Photo by M Jackson.

Zambia

Zambia

Me, sitting in the front doorway of the mud-brick hut where I lived outside Solwezi, Zambia. Photo by M Jackson.