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Cordillera Blanca Environmental Expedition 2011 - Slideshow by Bill Straka

03/13/2012 7:30 pm
03/13/2012 9:30 pm
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In June-July 2011, Bill Straka joined the Cordillera Blanca Environmental Expedition to research environmental changes in the Cordillera Blanca regon of the Peruvian Andes. Bill was field director and team leader for one of the 9 teams, as well as serving as the GPS and GIS lead.

The CBEE2011 was sponsored by the American Alpine Club, in cooperation with the Peruvian Environmental Ministry and Huascaran National Park. The team of 17 mountaineer-scientists gathered samples of soil, water, air, ice, and snow from 12 mountains in 6 massifs, as well as gathering ground truth at GPS-documented locations to aid in satellite studies. Data were gathered from 2900 to 6769 meters on these mountains at 500 meter elevation intervals. Recession of a number of glaciers was measured, based on a predecessor expedition in 2009 and satellite imagery. There is extensive mining and industrial activity in the close vicinity to the Cordillera Blanca, along with thousands of years of agricultural activity.

Come and enjoy the photographs of the mountains, as well as of the tour that Bill and his wife Barbara took of archaeological sites just prior to the main expedition.