@laura.stelson

Laura Stelson @laura.stelson

Archaeologist, outdoor enthusiast, adventurer, PhD student at Penn State

35,000 year old limestone formations in Penn's Cave, Centre Hall, PA... One of my favorite places to take visitors to State College!

#baconstone #stalagtites #caving #explore
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35,000 year old limestone formations in Penn's Cave, Centre Hall, PA... One of my favorite places to take visitors to State College! #baconstone #stalagtites #caving #explore

As this semester kicks off I have one last reflection to share on my summer in Alaska - 
This is the terminus of the Knife Creek glacier in Katmai National Park. Its light brown color comes from the thick sheet of volcanic pumice that has covered it since 1912. This insulating layer has helped to ensure that the Knife Creek glacier is amongst the slowest to melt in all of Alaska. The record-breaking string of 80+ degree days seen this summer kept countless tiny waterfalls like this one flowing out of it for months, long after the past winter's snowfall disappeared.

I'm thankful for having gotten to enjoy so many awesome adventures over the course of the summer, but really saddened by the clear reality that this landscape will continue to change drastically in the coming years. The melting of landlocked glaciers like this one results in the rapid erosion of soils otherwise stable enough to withstand normal weather patterns. These streams flow towards bodies of fresh water, cutting away at archaeological sites in their path and depositing excess sediment into local ecosystems.

Climate change is altering our planet more quickly than many anticipated and it threatens not only our future, but also our past. Please don't take our earth and all that we can learn from it for granted!

#climatechange #glaciers #archaeology #backpacking #adventure #volcano #katmai #alaska
@laura.stelson

As this semester kicks off I have one last reflection to share on my summer in Alaska - This is the terminus of the Knife Creek glacier in Katmai National Park. Its light brown color comes from the thick sheet of volcanic pumice that has covered it since 1912. This insulating layer has helped to ensure that the Knife Creek glacier is amongst the slowest to melt in all of Alaska. The record-breaking string of 80+ degree days seen this summer kept countless tiny waterfalls like this one flowing out of it for months, long after the past winter's snowfall disappeared. I'm thankful for having gotten to enjoy so many awesome adventures over the course of the summer, but really saddened by the clear reality that this landscape will continue to change drastically in the coming years. The melting of landlocked glaciers like this one results in the rapid erosion of soils otherwise stable enough to withstand normal weather patterns. These streams flow towards bodies of fresh water, cutting

Another awesome #katmai moment... Coming almost face to face with this lynx prowling along the edges of the Valley of 10,000 Smokes.

#bigbeard #lynx #wildlifephotography #alaska
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Another awesome #katmai moment... Coming almost face to face with this lynx prowling along the edges of the Valley of 10,000 Smokes. #bigbeard #lynx #wildlifephotography #alaska

Brown bears and cubs at Katmai National Park - getting to travel around Alaska's interior this year has made me realize just how special these everyday encounters at Brooks Camp can be. 
#brownbear #cubs #findyourpark #katmai #alaska
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Brown bears and cubs at Katmai National Park - getting to travel around Alaska's interior this year has made me realize just how special these everyday encounters at Brooks Camp can be. #brownbear #cubs #findyourpark #katmai #alaska

Awesome views from my flight out of Anchorage - glaciers in the Kluane National Park and Reserve and a sunset behind Mt. Denali and Mt. Foraker - all from 30,000 feet!

#bestviews #glacierlandscapes #andasunsettoo #yukon #alaska
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Awesome views from my flight out of Anchorage - glaciers in the Kluane National Park and Reserve and a sunset behind Mt. Denali and Mt. Foraker - all from 30,000 feet! #bestviews #glacierlandscapes #andasunsettoo #yukon #alaska

I almost forgot to post these... Proof that @a.savanyanski can catch a salmon on a fly rod!

#flyguy #withasockeye
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I almost forgot to post these... Proof that @a.savanyanski can catch a salmon on a fly rod! #flyguy #withasockeye

More pictures from Alaska... Hiking along Exit glacier to the Harding Ice Fields at Kenai Fjords. So much glacier, so much sweat!!! #kenai #alaska #findyourpark #glacierland #allthewildflowers
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More pictures from Alaska... Hiking along Exit glacier to the Harding Ice Fields at Kenai Fjords. So much glacier, so much sweat!!! #kenai #alaska #findyourpark #glacierland #allthewildflowers

The northern lights... from my second-to-last night in Alaska. I feel so lucky to have gotten such a show in August!

#northernlights #aurora #lightshow #naturesfireworks #alaskanights
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The northern lights... from my second-to-last night in Alaska. I feel so lucky to have gotten such a show in August! #northernlights #aurora #lightshow #naturesfireworks #alaskanights

More pictures from Denali... The mountain itself, sled dogs, neurotoxin wildflowers and oh so many caribou!!! #denali #findyourpark #choosemountains  #Alaskawildlife #wildflowers #caribou
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More pictures from Denali... The mountain itself, sled dogs, neurotoxin wildflowers and oh so many caribou!!! #denali #findyourpark #choosemountains #alaskawildlife #wildflowers #caribou

Word is out that the <NN> Cannery site was officially nominated to become part of the San Francisco Maritime Historical District! Last week I joined the @nncanneryproject while filming a documentary that tells the long and colorful history of this place. Many of these structures are more than a century old and are covered in hand-drawn signs and grafito created by the countless people who came from around the world to work here. Looking forward to delving more into this story with some 360° VR! 
#findyourpark #bristolbay #maritime #history  #preservation
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Word is out that the Cannery site was officially nominated to become part of the San Francisco Maritime Historical District! Last week I joined the @nncanneryproject while filming a documentary that tells the long and colorful history of this place. Many of these structures are more than a century old and are covered in hand-drawn signs and grafito created by the countless people who came from around the world to work here. Looking forward to delving more into this story with some 360° VR! #findyourpark #bristolbay #maritime #history #preservation

Our camp for the night in Denali... The cutest of quinzees!

#tinycabin #quinzee #toklat #denali #Alaska
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Our camp for the night in Denali... The cutest of quinzees! #tinycabin #quinzee #toklat #denali #Alaska

It's been a great summer out at Katmai and I'm finally getting to catch up on my posting! I took this video during a flyover of the Valley of 10,000 Smokes during a structure from motion flight earlier this summer.

#Katmai #Alaska #findyourpark #thisisscience
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It's been a great summer out at Katmai and I'm finally getting to catch up on my posting! I took this video during a flyover of the Valley of 10,000 Smokes during a structure from motion flight earlier this summer. #Katmai #Alaska #findyourpark #thisisscience

Helloo Alaska!!! Looking forward to another summer filled with gorgeous views!
@laura.stelson

Helloo Alaska!!! Looking forward to another summer filled with gorgeous views!

Awww... Boomer packed herself up and was all ready to stow away to Katmai. Too bad this old lady can't be missing her appointments with the vet this summer! #travelcat #ornot
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Awww... Boomer packed herself up and was all ready to stow away to Katmai. Too bad this old lady can't be missing her appointments with the vet this summer! #travelcat #ornot

Goodbye Barcelona, I never expected to fall so in love! The highlight of my trip was getting to check out the Basilica de la Sagrada Familia... After 120 years this enormous architectural masterpiece by Antoni Gaudi continues to be a work in progress.

#Barcelona, #sagradafamilia #gaudiarchitecture
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Goodbye Barcelona, I never expected to fall so in love! The highlight of my trip was getting to check out the Basilica de la Sagrada Familia... After 120 years this enormous architectural masterpiece by Antoni Gaudi continues to be a work in progress. #barcelona, #sagradafamilia #gaudiarchitecture

How I spent my one day off in Spain--visiting the historic monestary and national park of Montserrat in Catalonia. These hills are filled with trails that lead to a variety of little shrines and amazing views if the Pyrenees.

#wishthatweremyhottub #pyrenees #trails
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How I spent my one day off in Spain--visiting the historic monestary and national park of Montserrat in Catalonia. These hills are filled with trails that lead to a variety of little shrines and amazing views if the Pyrenees. #wishthatweremyhottub #pyrenees #trails

Another epic #Fishtival moment... and one of the biggest honors of my life - winning the golden unicorn trophy at this year's Xtratuf fashion show!!! Hoping that the #Sockeyesaloon plans on keeping this tradition!
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Another epic #Fishtival moment... and one of the biggest honors of my life - winning the golden unicorn trophy at this year's Xtratuf fashion show!!! Hoping that the #sockeyesaloon plans on keeping this tradition!

A 1950's era map inventorying the natural resources of Katmai National Park... Who doesn't come here for the ecological oddities and fur bearing animals? #oddititiesindeed #Kingslammin #Alaska
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A 1950's era map inventorying the natural resources of Katmai National Park... Who doesn't come here for the ecological oddities and fur bearing animals? #oddititiesindeed #kingslammin #Alaska

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