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Getting to a Research Site

We didn’t get to pick where we wanted to hike to each day. Our research sites were determined by satellite maps of greening or non-greening areas (explained on the satellite page).

Ryan looking at where we are and where we are going.

Sometimes getting to these sites was challenging. There were wetlands, rocks, streams, and hummocky terrain, and birch and willow thickets that we would hike over and through for kilometers. If we were extremely lucky, we’d get to hike on an esker for a little bit.

Trying to hop from hummock to hummock and inevitably getting wet feet.
A better look at hummocks that are not quite so wet. They can almost support a person but tend to move just enough for your foot to end up in the mud between them.
Robin and Carolyn crossing a stream. Robin has the advantage of rubber boots here.
Hiking over broken rock was good when it was dry, but treacherous when wet.
The tundra is not flat, and sometimes we would have to navigate around lakes or cliffs.
The highways of the tundra – eskers (beds of old rivers that ran through glaciers that covered this area about 10,000 years ago) are places where you can walk easily and have a view of the surroundings. We rarely got to use these to get to our sites.
Ryan and Emily hiking back to camp after a day’s work. There may be other people hidden in the stands of black spruce or birch and willow thickets.

In the end we always got where we needed to go. Some days were more exhausting than others. Often, if the hike was more difficult, the scenery would be even more beautiful.

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