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Alpine Expedition to Peru

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In the summer of 2012 WKU geography faculty member John All led a summer research expedition to the Cordillera Blanca of Peru. University photographer Clinton Lewis accompanied the expedition as the official photographer. On the evening of March 21, 2013, WKU Photographer Clinton Lewis shared his spectacular photographs of the expedition in this month’s Far Away Places series at Barnes & Noble Bookstore.

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Dr. John All, Dept. of Geography and Clinton Lewis, University Photographer (WKU)

In the summer of 2012 WKU geography faculty member John All led a summer research expedition to the Cordillera Blanca of Peru. University photographer Clinton Lewis accompanied the expedition as the official photographer.

Dr. All, who gained fame scaling Mount Everest in 2011, is the director of the American Climber Science Program and this ACSP expedition was supported by the American Alpine Club. Three WKU alumni accompanied the expedition and several WKU students along with Dr. Aaron Celestian, WKU associate professor of Geology, are helping to analyze the data.

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View from Ishinca

The expedition was made up of 16 scientists, students and climbers from institutions including University of Colorado Institute of Arctic and Alpine Research, National Center for Atmospheric Research, University of Nevada-Reno and Western Washington University. During the expedition, 10 peaks (Pisco, Urus Este, Ishinca Traverse, Vallunaraju, Yanapaccha, Chopicalqui, Maparaju, San Juan, Alpamayo and Quitaraju) were climbed and sampled.

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Photo by Clinton Lewis

The expedition collected data in Quilcayhuanca, Cayesh, Cojup, Ishinca, Llaca, Llanganuno and Santa Cruz valleys – six of the 10 major valleys in the park. Data acquired included hundreds of land cover and vegetation ground control points, multiple ecological plots, more than 100 snow/ice samples from the peaks, dozens of water quality samples, atmospheric and reflectance spectra for future atmospheric studies, and an archaeological site.

Photo by Clinton Lewis

Photographer Clinton Lewis will share his spectacular photographs of the expedition in this month’s Far Away Places series at Barnes & Noble Bookstore on Thursday, March 21, 2013 at 7:00 p.m.