February 12, 2012
Climate Studies Are Crucial, but Not Easy
Chronicle photo by Paul Basken
Lake Hoare Camp, Antarctica
The Canada Glacier comes to an abrupt and majestic end in the Taylor Valley, in the form of a 60-foot-high wall of ice that dwarfs the tents of the climate scientists who sleep beneath it. There, in bright summer sunshine, the glacier melts steadily into a barren hillside, slowly filling Lake Hoare.
Nearby, a wooden research hut that has stood along the lake since 1978 sits boxed up for relocation because of the rising water levels. It's tough to imagine a more compelling image of the