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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.
  • National Core Arts Standards
    • Visual Arts: Standard 6 - Convey meaning through the presentation of artistic work.
      • VA:Pr6.1.8a Analyze why and how an exhibition or collection may influence ideas, beliefs, and experiences.
    • Visual Arts: Standard 7 - Perceive and analyze artistic work.
      • VA:Re7.2.IIa Evaluate the effectiveness of an image or images to influence ideas, feelings, and behaviors of specific audiences.
    • Visual Arts: Standard 8 - Interpret intent and meaning in artistic work.
      • VA:Re8.1.8a Interpret art by analyzing how the interaction of subject matter, characteristics of form and structure, use of media, art-making approaches, and relevant contextual information contributes to understanding messages or ideas and mood conveyed.
      • VA:Re8.1.Ia Interpret an artwork or collection of works, supported by relevant and sufficient evidence found in the work and its various contexts.
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