Dawes Glacier Monitoring

Cameras at the ready, tourists aboard the Safari Explorer Cruise Ship arrive at Dawes Glacier. (Photo/Julie Denesha)
Cameras at the ready, tourists aboard the Safari Explorer Cruise Ship arrive at Dawes Glacier.
As the Safari Explorer travels through the Endicott Arm Fjord, Forest Ranger Sean Rielly speaks to tourists about the retreat of the glaciers.
As the Safari Explorer travels through the Endicott Arm Fjord, Forest Ranger Sean Rielly speaks to tourists about the retreat of the glaciers.
Aboard the Safari Explorer, Liz Gifford speaks to a tourist about the glacial landscape. (Photo/Julie Denesha)
Aboard the Safari Explorer, Liz Gifford speaks to a tourist about the glacial landscape.
Ice-filled waters near Dawes Glacier. (Photo/Julie Denesha)
Ice-filled waters near Dawes Glacier.
Liz Gifford (from left) and Sean Rielly accept a mug full of hot cocoa from the staff of the Safari Explorer Cruise Ship. (Photo/Julie Denesha)
Liz Gifford (from left) and Sean Rielly accept a mug full of hot cocoa from the staff of the Safari Explorer Cruise Ship.
Sean Rielly steadies Liz Gifford's sea kayak as she unloads camping gear. (Photo/Julie Denesha)
Sean Rielly steadies Liz Gifford's sea kayak as she unloads camping gear.
Sea Kayaks are safely stowed high on the rock face to keep clear of rising tides. (Photo/Julie Denesha)
Sea Kayaks are safely stowed high on the rock face to keep clear of rising tides.
Dawes Glacier. (Photo/Julie Denesha)
Dawes Glacier.
Tourists head out in boats to get a closer view of glacier calving. (Photo/Julie Denesha)
Tourists head out in boats to get a closer view of glacier calving.
Liz Gifford and Sean Rielly observe and report seal activity from a perch above Dawes Glacier. Although higher numbers of seals have been counted near Dawes Glacier, fewer seals were recorded in the 2011 season. (Photo/Julie Denesha)
Liz Gifford and Sean Rielly observe and report seal activity from a perch above Dawes Glacier. Although higher numbers of seals have been counted near Dawes Glacier, fewer seals were recorded in the 2011 season.
Liz Gifford monitors seal populations. (Photo/Julie Denesha)
Liz Gifford monitors seal populations from above.
Calving on Dawes Glacier. (Photo/Julie Denesha)
Calving begins on Dawes Glacier.
Following a major calving, the ice flows quickly away from the glacier. (Photo/Julie Denesha)
Following a major calving, the ice flows quickly away from the glacier.
Waves of ice and water wash on the rocks. (Photo/Julie Denesha)
Waves of ice and water wash on the rocks.
Liz Gifford prepares a pot of cowboy coffee. (Photo/Julie Denesha)
Liz Gifford prepares a pot of cowboy coffee.
Dawes Glacier from above. (Photo/Julie Denesha)
Dawes Glacier from above.
Sunset at Dawes Glacier. (Photo/Julie Denesha)
Sunset at Dawes Glacier.
Sean Rielly checks the tide levels. (Photo/Julie Denesha)
Sean Rielly checks the tide levels the morning of departure.
Sean Rielly climbs to the team's camp site. (Photo/Julie Denesha)
Sean Rielly climbs to the team's camp site.
Sean Rielly communicates with passing cruise ships to collect data on wildlife activity. (Photo/Julie Denesha)
Sean Rielly communicates with passing cruise ships to collect data on wildlife activity.
Sean Rielly scans the horizon for cruise ship activity. (Photo/Julie Denesha)
Sean Rielly scans the horizon for cruise ship activity.
Sea kayaks rest wedged among the rocks. (Photo/Julie Denesha)
Sea kayaks rest wedged among the rocks.
Sean Rielly and Liz Gifford break camp. (Photo/Julie Denesha)
Sean Rielly and Liz Gifford break camp.
Minding their step, Sean Rielly and Liz Gifford carry gear to their sea kayaks before departing the team's glacier camp site. (Photo/Julie Denesha)
Minding their step, Sean Rielly and Liz Gifford carry gear to their sea kayaks before departing the team's glacier camp site.
Sean Rielly and Liz Gifford check the rocks for a suitable launch point for their sea kayaks. (Photo/Julie Denesha)
Sean Rielly and Liz Gifford check the rocks for a suitable launch point for their sea kayaks.
Sean Rielly and Liz Gifford carry a sea kayak to the water. (Photo/Julie Denesha)
Sean Rielly and Liz Gifford carry a sea kayak to the water.
Gear stowed in dry bags, the team prepares to launch their kayaks. (Photo/Julie Denesha)
Gear stowed in dry bags, the team prepares to launch their kayaks.
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