27 Nov '14, 7pm

The Glaciers of Glacier National Park May All Disappear by 2030

For Glaciers to stay intact and avoid retreating, they require a certain number of days below freezing every year. Over the last 40 years, the mean temperature of the park has risen by 1.33 degrees Centigrade; subsequently, the precipitation that comes with that rise is mainly rain, which causes significant melt-offs. Since the weather doesn’t drop back down again, the glaciers have no chance to recover their previous volume. By examining the ice fields from the air using satellite imagery, the glacial retreat is real and well documented, and when placed alongside historical photos, it’s apparent that those once-icy expanses are swiftly turning into rocky, bare mountainsides. The USGC has been collecting hundreds of “repeat photos ” since 1997, and they’re available on the website site for readers to check out. The Glacier National Park isn’t alone in its loss—similar find...

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