No glaciers in Glacier National Park

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    BILLINGS, Mont.—On the eve of Glacier National Park's 100th birthday, some of its distinctive features — glaciers — are disappearing and may not be around for the park's bicentennial party.

    The parks' remaining glaciers might not last longer than the next decade, said Dan Fagre, a U.S. Geological Survey mountain ecologist who has been studying the park's glaciers for 18 years.

    Glaciers are created when snow falling over many years is compacted into ice. For an ice field to be classified as a glacier, it must be more than 25 acres in size, be on the move and sculpt the landscape.

    A 2003 study predicted park glaciers might be gone by 2030. But, because temperatures are warming at a more rapid rate than a few years ago, glaciers could disappear by 2020, Fagre said. In 1900, about 150 glaciers lay in what is now the national park.

    Now only 25 glaciers are 25 acres or larger, Fagre said.

    Although the size and number of glaciers have been decreasing over the past century, glaciers now are shrinking at three to four times the rate that they were in the 1950s and 1960s.

    The reason is warmer temperatures.

    Glacier Ice Fields May Be Gone By Next Decade - US News and World Report
     
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    This is an easy fix, we just change the name to Ice Fields National Park and we can avoid the pesky 25 acre limit.
    When it all melts we can rename it the grasslands.
     
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    Meh, so the glaciers are moving from one location to one that you don't want them to ... your point?
     
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    Praises be to Gore. :cuckoo:
     
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    zero fucks given ........
     
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    What it boils down to is that the glaciers are melting there but building in a place where the park rangers there can't make more money off, so they whine about it now that way they can get sympathy funds when tourism dies and goes to where the glaciers are now ...


    Boohoo ...
     
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    Pretty fucking cynical attitude regarding documented changes. Global warming or cyclical climate, it is foolish to ignore what is happening.

    True, YOU can't do a damn thing to change things, save the choices you make being the best you can make with the information you have, but it is nice to know where some good summer hiking might be found over the next 10 years.

    -Joe
     
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    True! Think about the simple fact that with all the glaciers moving we will have some great new hiking trails. But you do realize greed is the reason the "green" movement exists (should be called the white movement now with all the focus on ice and snow).
     
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    Not many people are aware that Minnesota was once called the Land of One Big Ass Glacier but after it melted it became the Land of 10,000 lakes. Tourism has held up well !
     
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