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Old 09-04-2011, 11:42 PM
 
Location: Interior alaska
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I thought this was important enough to repost in it's own thread for those people that need a break from "Normal"...

I posted it in another thread, but thought some other may be interested enough to check it out after another posted was looking for winter work!

Enjoy, comments welcome....

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I haven't done winter camping with no tent. I haven't lived anywhere where it gets below 0. The coldest I have slept outside was in a tent when it was 13 degrees out. I would love to camp in a colder environment though. I like the cold and the 13 F didn't feel very cold at all.

Well you can check with the University of Alaska Fairbanks, they are looking for some help this winter on some expeditions for the Ice worm work this winter... They live on Glaciers.

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For methane ice worms, see Hesiocaeca methanicola.
Ice wormScientific classificationKingdom:AnimaliaPhylum:AnnelidaClass:ClitellataSubclass:OligochaetaOrder:Haplotaxida
Family:EnchytraeidaeGenus:Mesenchytraeus
[SIZE=2]Eisen, 1878 [1][/SIZE]
Ice worms are species of the worm genus Mesenchytraeus that live in glacial ice. They include Mesenchytraeus solifugus, M. harrimani, M. kuril, M. maculatus and M. obscurus.
The first ice worms species were discovered in 1887 in Alaska, on the Muir Glacier .[2] These glacier ice worms can be found on glaciers in Alaska, Washington, Oregon and British Columbia. They have not been found in other glaciated regions of the world. The name "solifugus" is Latin for "sun-avoiding", as ice worms retreat underneath the ice before dawn. Enzymes in ice worms have very low optimal temperatures, and can be denatured at even a few degrees above 0 C (32 F). When ice worms are exposed to temperatures as high as 5 C (41 F), their membrane structures disassociate and fall apart (i.e., "melt") causing the worm itself to "liquify". Ice worms are several centimeters long, and can be black, blue, or white in color. The ice worms come to the surface of the glaciers in the evening and morning. On Suiattle Glacier in the North Cascades population counts indicated over 7 billion ice worms on that glacier alone.


What the hired help is going to be is to do the snow snake patrol, they are the natural predator for the ice worm. They have very small teeth and since they live in sub zero temps, they are about six feet long, with a seal like fur that is white and have an anti-freeze type of body fluid like some frogs so the cold doesn't affect them. But if they bit you, it is like pouring liquid nitrogen on your skin, you get an immediate case of frost bite. So you would be monitoring the sensors to tell the science techs that they are in the area.... Pay for that type of work is unbelievable!

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Old 09-05-2011, 01:20 PM
 
Location: Interior alaska
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Something extre for the cold nights!



Wilf Carter - When The Ice Worms Nest Again - YouTube
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Old 09-05-2011, 08:16 PM
 
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I think I will pass on that job....
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Old 09-05-2011, 10:15 PM
 
Location: Interior alaska
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I guess most need to read it a little slower
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Old 09-06-2011, 01:13 AM
 
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Snow Snakes, yes, I have heard that they are very much a relative of the "Jackalope" down here in the lower 48. I think that they share the same DNA.
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Old 09-06-2011, 07:08 AM
 
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I guess I should have put the sarcasm on flag too...
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Old 09-06-2011, 01:01 PM
 
Location: Interior alaska
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Snow Snakes, yes, I have heard that they are very much a relative of the "Jackalope" down here in the lower 48. I think that they share the same DNA.
You're correct! If you start out telling someone about the ice worms in Alaska, they don't believe you until they in fact see that there really is such a critter... Then when you talk about the snow snake, you can reel them in!

Almost as good as telling Newbies that if you pull a sheet out of the dryer and flap them at the Northern Lights, it makes them move from the static electricity being thrown off...
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Old 09-06-2011, 01:23 PM
 
Location: 112 Ocean Avenue
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Almost as good as telling Newbies that if you pull a sheet out of the dryer and flap them at the Northern Lights, it makes them move from the static electricity being thrown off...
I did not know that and I have a 4 year degree in Staticology from Regent University.
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Old 09-06-2011, 07:21 PM
 
Location: Homer Alaska
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I finally noticed the (possible) spelling error on the thread title: Looing for winter workers on Ice Fields-should we take the Looing as a Freudian slip? :-)
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Old 09-06-2011, 07:27 PM
 
Location: on top of a mountain
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I finally noticed the (possible) spelling error on the thread title: Looing for winter workers on Ice Fields-should we take the Looing as a Freudian slip? :-)
ahahaa good one! I wonder too???~ I have a thing with using glacier ice in any drinks as the ice worm thing freaks me out...have to even bleach the cooler when I use it just to chill things~
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