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Bill Mahaney

Bill is presently working on other fiction stories centered on special military operations in South America and Eurasia during World War II and on non-fiction geology in the same locales. He continues to travel and carry out environmental research in various mountainous parts of the world. Bill is a member of a number of scientific societies and in 1993 he received the G.K. Gilbert Award of the Association of American Geographers for his book ‘Ice on the Equator’ documenting the geological history of Mount Kenya, one of the major tropical mountains of the world.

The author (2006) below Mt. Viso on the approach to the Col de la Traversette in the Upper Guil River Basin. Hannibal traversed this glacially-polished bedrock on the way to the col. Elevation = 2700 meters. Photograph by Bob Siegenthaler, USMC retired.
Approach route along the Guil River to the Col de la Traversette. The north flank of Mt. Viso 3841 meters elevation is visible along the skyline. Photograph by Bob Siegenthaler, USMC retired.
Col de la Traversette from the upper Guil River in present-day France. The top of a rockfall dating to the Little Ice Age (ca. ~200 years) is in foreground. The rockfall postdates passage of the Punic Army (218 BC) that moved up and over the slide-rock (talus) to the col. Photograph by Bill Mahaney.
Other Research Areas
Fluted bedrock below the Bonpland Lobe of Humboldt Glacier (ca. 4800 meters elevation) in the Eastern Mérida Andes, Venezuela. Hannibal did not traverse glacial ice but he did cross country similar to this. According to ancient authors much of the alpine surface was snow-covered during the invasion. Photography
New Zealand Air Force helicopter landing at site 828, near New Mountain above the Taylor Glacier in the Antarctic Mountains, 1998. The author was operating as part of Kiwi Project 105, 1997-1998. Photograph by Bill Mahaney.
The author at base camp (1998) above the Taylor Glacier on moraine (glacial deposits; site 828) 15 million yrs old. The deposits carry a weathering crust (ancient soil) approximately 15 cm thick (photograph by Iain Campbell).