Glacier National Park in Montana is displaying in a pretty clear fashion what the future is going to be like if the global temperature will continue increasing. In 1850, there were an estimated 150 individual glaciers in the park.
Glacier National Park is Losing its Glaciers
“While the shrinkage in Montana is more severe than some other places in the U.S.,” Geologist Andrew Fountain of Portland State said, “it is in line with trends that have been happening on a global scale.”
Daniel Fagre, a USGS scientist, said that the park-wide loss of ice could have a significant ecological impact. For example on aquatic species as it could change stream water volumes or temperatures. It can also influence the runoff timing “in the higher elevations of the park”.
The researchers’ greatest hope is that the devastation of this national treasure might become a symbol to inspire certain action on climate change. This latest research is also part of a larger study. This is trying to gather information of the expanding or diminishing glaciers from “distinctly different mountain environments”.