What we are all about

Living on the Edge is the field study of earthquakes, volcanoes, and other hazards where tectonic plates collide. Field studies focus on understanding the science behind natural hazards that lead to catastrophic events and subsequent loss of life. Fieldwork is aimed at recognizing hazards and understanding the processes behind the hazards. The blog chronicles the participants and their experiences in Alaska Summer 2009

Saturday, June 20, 2009

They Made It!!

Everyone has arrived!  We are just back (11pm, 3am eastern time) from a quick peak off Flat Top Mountain and a bit of an overview of Anchorage.  Our friendly neighbourhood bull moose even put in an appearance for us!   Everyone arrived safely and with all their luggage!  Before the students arrived we spent the day getting food and the vans organized for the trip.  We are off to the Alaska Volcano Observatory tomorrow at 8am, then the West Coast Tsunami Warning Center in Palmer Alaska.  Those are our first and last 'clean' stops of the trip.  For the rest of the day we will make our way across the Castle Mountain Fault with stops at the Wishbone, Chickaloon and Tscona formations before setting camp at the edge of the Matanuska Glacier.  Please follow along with us, but bear in mind that we won't have decent internet access until Valdez which is just over a week away!  Although they are tired, you can tell by the smiles and the chatter that everyone is very excited about being here!


  1. Glad everyone made it safely. Have a great trip, we can't wait to hear what is next!!!!

    The LaBrecque's

  2. What a fun-looking group. We're looking forward to reading about each of your adventures!
    Susan and Charlie Carlson

  3. Looks like everyone is ready for an exciting trip! Have a great time and we'll be checking the blog regularly!

    The Izykowskis

  4. Hey Tyler, HAPPY B'DAY!!! Wish I was with you. Looks like a great time. Take lots of photos. All the best from Uncle Chuck, Aunt Kim and your cousin Zeke.

  5. I want to give a shout-out to Shabana for hiking on a glacier and getting all crazy about the PLANTS! Wooohoo! See you in 3 weeks!

    -Prof Jeff Corbin

  6. Dear T.I.,
    We miss you dearly. We sent you a package by owl containing a razor, a breakfast burrito from Dutch, and a recording of Kristin Bell's voice. The USA just lost to Brazil 3-2 in the Confederation Cup Final. Michael Jackson, Billy Mays, and Farrah Fawcett died this past weekend. The Mets are 37-36, two games behind Philly, and are losing the Yankees series 2-0. Transformers 2 was number one in ticket sales at the box office this past weekend. In a game of quarters the other day, RH saw a boy actually swallow a quarter. VM is head lifeguard at her Manchvegas pool. MH is living the dream as an overpaid nanny with too much free time. Happy Belated Birthday! We're sure that your work study prepared you well for any encounters you may have with bears, but even so, be careful. Learn something cool to tell all of us who aren't JEO majors.
    Most importantly, don't do anything we wouldn't do.

    Rogue, Mo Mo, & T-Pain

  7. TAYY- this looks SOO amazing! and your blog made me pee my pants. i hope i embarrass you with this post... since your phone is off this is my only mode of communication. it has rained for literally every day you've been gone! hope your enjoying the 20 hours of sunlight ya losah

    <3 Mare