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Ice Worms


One of the least understood species on the planet, the ancient ice worm lives only in glaciers in the Cascades, the Olympics and in Alaska. This unique Northwest animal has recently attracted attention from NASA, which hopes to advance its search for life on Jupiter’s icy moon, Europa. Climb with us to the Paradise Glacier on Mount Rainier to see the ice worm for yourself.

First Broadcast: 2008
Producer: Vince Patton
Videographer/Editor: Michael Bendixen
Video courtesy of: Dan Shain, National Park Service, NASA

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Marmot Dam Removed; Fire Tower; Ice Worms

Oregon Field Guide: Episode #1910
Original Broadcast: February 21, 2008