A method for the preservation of glaciers

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Over the years, I’ve collected melt water from glaciers wherever I’ve found them and have taken this home intending to isolate ice-nucleating  bacteria from the samples.  I never actually got around to doing this but in the intervening years I began to appreciate what the samples could represent. I began to see them as premature memorials for a type of geology that is destined for extinction as our planet warms. So that they might become truly appropriate memorials, I developed a process that regenerates the glacial form,  transforming the melt waters  into a  unique crystalline form that is stable at room temperature. The process captures the essence of the original glacial ice, its flow,  and internal tensions , but  now in a form that is resistant to the impact of climate change and delightfully warm to the touch.  Examining the forms closely, it is easy to imagine a time when the Earth’s glaciers have disappeared, and when we might visit these memorials in a museum, and consider them as we do the mounted and fading husks of long extinct animals today.

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