About

Ron Karpilo hiking the Iditarod Trail in Crow Creek valley near Crow Pass in Chugach National Forest, Alaska, United States. (Lacy Karpilo)I’m a geologist and photographer, sometimes I’m lucky enough to combine the two in my projects.  I currently live in Anchorage, Alaska, but I’ve been fortunate enough to live in some very interesting places, including: Colorado (Florence, Denver, and Fort Collins), California (Los Angeles), and Washington (Tacoma).  I have a Masters Degree in Geography from the University of Denver and Bachelors Degrees in Geology and Environmental Science from Occidental College.

Things I’ve written or made:

I wrote a book chapter on glacier monitoring techniques:
Karpilo, R.D., Jr., 2009, Glacier monitoring techniques, in, Young, R., and Norby, L., eds., Geologic Monitoring, Geological Society of America, Boulder, Colorado, pp. 141 – 162.
The printed book is available for purchase from the GSA Bookstore.  The individual chapters of the Geologic Monitoring book are available for free download as PDFs from the NPS Geologic Monitoring website.  Here’s a direct link to download my glacier monitoring techniques chapter.

Maps

I’ve produced several digital surficial and bedrock geology maps for the National Park Service (NPS) Geologic Resource Inventory (GRI).  Including:

(2013) Digital Surficial Geologic Map of Gates of the Arctic National Park and Preserve and Vicinity, Alaska (currently in progress)

(2012) Digital Surficial Geologic Map of Noatak National Preserve and Vicinity, Alaska
– Digital GIS surficial geology data for Noatak National Preserve  (ESRI ArcMap Geodatabase or Shapefiles)
– View the Digital Surficial Geologic Map of Noatak National Preserve in Google Earth (KMZ files, 15.6 MB)

(2012) Digital Geologic Map of Wrangell-St. Elias National Park and Preserve and Vicinity, Alaska
– Digital GIS geology data for Wrangell-St. Elias National Park and Preserve  (ESRI ArcMap Geodatabase or Shapefiles)
View portions of the Digital Geologic Map of Wrangell-St. Elias National Park and Preserve in Google Earth (KMZ files, 27.1 MB)

(2010) Digital Surficial Geology Map of Lake Clark National Park and Preserve and Vicinity, Alaska
– Digital GIS surficial geology data for Lake Clark National Park and Preserve (ESRI ArcMap Geodatabase or Shapefiles)

(2010) Digital Geologic Map of Kenai Fjords National Park and Vicinity, Alaska
– Digital GIS geology data for Kenai Fjords National Park (ESRI ArcMap Geodatabase or Shapefiles)

(2009) Digital Geologic Map of Cabrillo National Monument and Vicinity (including offshore geology), California
PDF overview of the Cabrillo National Monument Geologic Map (1.9 MB)
Digital GIS geology data for Cabrillo National Monument (ESRI ArcMap Geodatabase or Shapefiles)

(2009) Digital Geologic Map of War in the Pacific National Historical Park and Vicinity (including the entire island), Guam
– PDF overview of the War in the Pacific National Historical Park Geologic Map including entire island of Guam (4 MB)
– PDF detail of park areas of the War in the Pacific National Historical Park Geologic Map (3 MB)
– Digital GIS geology data for War in the Pacific National Historical Park (ESRI ArcMap Geodatabase or Shapefiles)
– View the Digital Geologic Map of War in the Pacific National Historical Park in Google Earth (KMZ files, 3.9 MB)

(2008) Digital Geologic Map of Canyon de Chelly National Monument and Vicinity, Arizona and New Mexico
Digital GIS geology data for Canyon de Chelly National Monument (ESRI ArcMap Geodatabase or Shapefiles)

(2008) Digital Geologic Map of Whitman Mission National Historic Site and Vicinity, Washington and Oregon
– Digital GIS geology data for Whitman Mission National Historic Site (ESRI ArcMap Geodatabase or Shapefiles)

(2007) Digital Geologic Map of Fossil Butte National Monument and Vicinity, Wyoming
– Digital GIS geology data for Fossil Butte National Monument (ESRI ArcMap Geodatabase or Shapefiles)

(2007) Digital Geomorphic Map of Padre Island National Seashore and Vicinity, Texas
– PDF overview of the Padre Island National Seashore and Vicinity Geomorphic Map – North Portion (10.9 MB)
– PDF overview of the Padre Island National Seashore and Vicinity Geomorphic Map – Central Portion (7.1 MB)
– PDF overview of the Padre Island National Seashore and Vicinity Geomorphic Map – South Central Portion (13.6 MB)
– PDF overview of the Padre Island National Seashore and Vicinity Geomorphic Map – South Portion (10.9 MB)
– Digital GIS geomorphic data for Padre Island National Seashore (ESRI ArcMap Geodatabase or Shapefiles)

(2007) Digital Geologic Map of Tumacacori National Historical Park and Vicinity, Arizona
– Digital GIS geology data for Tumacacori National Historical Park (ESRI ArcMap Geodatabase or Shapefiles)

(2006) Digital Geologic Map of Fredericksburg and Spotsylvania County Battlefields Memorial National Military Park and Vicinity, Virginia
– PDF overview of the Fredericksburg and Spotsylvania County Battlefields Memorial National Military Park Geologic Map (24.2 MB)
– Digital GIS geology data for Fredericksburg and Spotsylvania County Battlefields Memorial National Military Park (ESRI ArcMap Geodatabase or Shapefiles)

(2006) Digital Geologic Map of George Washington Birthplace National Monument and Vicinity, Virginia and Maryland
– PDF overview of the George Washington Birthplace National Monument Geologic Map (22 MB)
– Digital GIS geology data for George Washington Birthplace National Monument (ESRI ArcMap Geodatabase or Shapefiles)

(2006) Digital Geologic Map of Thomas Stone National Historic Site and Vicinity, Maryland and Virginia
– PDF overview of the Thomas Stone National Historic Site Geologic Map (41 MB)
– Digital GIS geology data for Thomas Stone National Historic Site (ESRI ArcMap Geodatabase or Shapefiles)

2 Responses to About

  1. Charlene says:

    Ron, Your name came up on my Google search of Stephen R. Capps. Capps is part of my stepfather’s geology collection. My stepfather is a soft geologist (glaciers, sediment…). He is a former teacher at University of Alaska, climber, and Antarctic explorer. Do you have an interest in his books and papers? Charlene

    • Ron Karpilo says:

      Hi Charlene,
      Thanks for your comment. I’m very interested in books and papers by Stephen R. Capps. I’m currently in the early stages of a project about Capps’ Alaska geology fieldwork. I’m working on gathering as many of his photographs, field notebooks, letters, and publications that I can find and using them as a “breadcrumb trail” to map, retrace, and rephotograph his exploration paths throughout Alaska. I plan to use the repeated photos and observations to examine how glaciers, stream channels, vegetation, etc have changed over the past 100 years and to allow others to physically or virtually follow in the scientist’s footsteps.

      I sent you an email with my contact info.

      Thanks,

      Ron

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