Glacier National Park loses two more glaciers.

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    According to Dan Fagre of the USGS, Glacier National Park has lost two more glaciers, leaving that park with only twenty five of it's namesake glaciers. Fagre states that he expects those to be gone by the end of this decade.

    He also states, "When we are measuring glacier margins, by the time we go home, the glacier is already smaller than what we've measured".

    This from an Associated Press article in the Oregonian.
     
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    Sorry, I warmed up the wife's SUV for 10 minutes before she went to work yesterday
     
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    They shoulda RFID'ed them.

    Damn irresponsible of them if you ask me.
     
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    did they look under the seat cushions on the sofa?

    i'm always finding shit i lost back there.
     
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    Note: pointing only at the places that are warming and claiming that it's both manmade and global is not how real science works
     
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    When well over 90% of the glaciers, worldwide, are in retreat, an accelerating retreat, that represents a worldwide warming.

    Not only that, the Greenland and Antarctica Ice Caps are both losing ice by the giga-ton.

    http://assets.panda.org/downloads/glacierspaper.pdf

    THE ARCTIC
    Over recent decades, Arctic glaciers have generally been shrinking, with the exception of Scandinavia andIceland, where increased precipitation has resulted in a positive balance36. Arctic melting appears to haveaccelerated in the late 1990s; estimates of combined annual melting rose from 100 sq km per year from1980-89 to 320 sq km in 1997 and 540 sq km in 199837. Greenland alone contains 12% of the world’s ice. Whileportions of the interior are gaining mass, there has been significant thinning and ice loss around the periphery.This loss is not simply due to melting at the edges; entire portions of the Greenland ice sheet appear to be slidingtowards the sea. Because this sliding accelerates when surface melting is most intense, it is believed that surfacemeltwater may be trickling down to the glacial bed and lubricating ice sheet movement38. This recent discoveryprovides a mechanism for rapid response of ice sheets to climate change, a process that was previously believedto require hundreds or thousands of years.

    NORTH AMERICA
    Glaciers in the Rocky Mountains and Western Coastal Ranges have experienced considerable
    losses during this century, and melting is accelerating rapidly in southern Alaska. Since
    Glacier National Park (Montana, USA) was established in 1910, more than two thirds of
    its glaciers and about 75% of its glacier area has disappeared29; if the present rate of
    warming continues, there will be no glaciers left in the Park by 203030. In Banff, Jasper,
    and Yoho National Parks in the Canadian Rockies, glacier cover has decreased by at least 25%
    during the 20th century31. South Cascade Glacier in coastal Washington (USA) lost 19 m of ice
    thickness between 1976 and 1995, ten times more than during the previous 18 years32. Nearly
    all glaciers surveyed in Alaska are melting, and thinning rates in the last 5-7 years are more
    than twice those seen in previous decades13.
     
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    List of expanding glaciers

    Global WarmerCoolering!
     
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    Maybe in a few years it can be renamed to Volcano National Park.
     
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    How much will having less glaciers decrease the downstream water available for use?
     
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    I was gonna ask 'how the fuck can anyone lose a glacier?' Seems irresponsible of someone. I think some heads need to roll on this. They should fire whoever is responsible for the glaciers... it's not like anyone can just move one of those things.

    Will the police be called?

    Is there a blackmarket for glaciers?

    Is it on e-bay yet?

    Did someone maybe cut it up for ice?

    So many questions, so few answers.
     

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