Ice Man: Lonnie Thompson Scales the Peaks for Science

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Science  18 Oct 2002:
Vol. 298, Issue 5593, pp. 518-522
DOI: 10.1126/science.298.5593.518

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QUELCCAYA ICE CAP, PERU-- Glaciologist Lonnie Thompson cores ice from the world's loftiest glaciers, seeking to retrieve precious records of ancient climate before they melt away. Last year Thompson--whom colleagues have called "the closest living thing to Indiana Jones"--made headlines by observing that the famous snows of Tanzania's Mount Kilimanjaro might be gone by 2015. Now he is on a mission, racing through expeditions to Asia, South America, and Alaska to retrieve endangered samples.