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 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
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, 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 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.
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.
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
I am pictured to the left, alongside Peter Richards and Mike Diaz during a National Geographic Student Expedition. Photo by M Jackson.
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.
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.
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.
The Rainbow Farm, with my father’s prized and much loved Black Angus cattle pictured in the foreground. Photo by M Jackson.
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.
Me, sitting in the front doorway of the mud-brick hut where I lived outside Solwezi, Zambia. Photo by M Jackson.
The extraordinary photos in While Glaciers Slept were used with permission and with the generosity of the photographers. Click on the gallery images to read the captions and find out more.