Glaciers: What are they? Where are they? Where are they going? - 2/1
Glacier expert Dr. Andrew Fountain, PSU Professor of Geography and Geology, will discuss the wonder in the fact that these deposits of moving ice are found at all. Normally, ice is found in its liquid form as water, yet a slight change in temperature, and it’s all solid ice. This visual presentation will describe the conditions for the existence of glaciers and sea ice, as well as the fact that because of global warming, some glaciers are shrinking for a variety of reasons.
Dr. Andrew Fountain is fascinated with ice, particularly glacier ice. His background in the subject started with ice crystals in the atmosphere, became grounded in lake ice, switched to sea ice, and then he found work focusing on glaciers. His research is devoted to the problem of water and glaciers and the variation of glaciers with climate.
“My philosophy is to emphasize the fundamental processes that govern the observed behavior of the natural systems we encounter,” he says. “Only in this way can we see the universal underpinnings to the environment in which we live.”
Dr. Fountain earned a B.S. in Physics at St. Lawrence University, a M.S. in Atmospheric Sciences at the University of Alaska and a Ph.D. in Civil Engineering at the University of Washington.
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