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Photo by Jill Pelto

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Jill Pelto Gallery


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Science, Earth and Space Sciences, Visual and Performing Arts

Resource Type

  • Artwork

Regional Focus

North America, United States, USA - West, Washington

"Measuring Crevasse Depth"

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  • This resource is a watercolor painting inspired by the field sketches and experience of artist and scientist Jill Pelto when she was working on North Cascade glaciers in Washington with the North Cascade Glacier Climate Project.
  • In the painting the artist is seen using a Cam-Line Measuring Tape, designed to determine well depth, to find the depth of a crevasse.
  • These measurements have allowed the artist-scientist to study the variance in crevasse size across the glacier, and analyze their changes over time.
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  • The painting is simple and easy to appreciate and interpret. 
  • Climate art inspires climate action. 

Additional Prerequisites

  • The resource assumes that the students have prior knowledge of crevasses. 


Scientist Notes
The resource would inspire students to learn how to measure a crevasse and other interesting features in glaciers.  It is particularly important to understand the glaciation process and land forms. This is recommended for teaching.
  • Arts
    • Art and Design: Standard 3 - Students will critically interpret intent and meaning in order to evaluate artistic work.
      • A.A.R.11.m Describe details, subject matter, context, and the formal characteristics of an artwork using art and design vocabulary.
      • A.A.R.12.m Compare and contrast the use of media, design principles, and context to influence ideas, emotions, and actions.
      • A.A.R.13.m Interpret the formal and expressive qualities in a work of art or design and integrate those qualities into their own work.
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