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Atlas Obscura: Goodbye, glaciers

I love Atlas Obscura for its highlighting of quirky places and foods. They provide a look at some seldom-seen local sites, and provide a historical context for why these sites exist. A year ago this week AO published a story that show many before and after pictures of glaciers in national parks showing how they are declining over time because of global warming. In the not too distant future, Glacier National Park may no longer have any glaciers, although of course it will still have seasonal snowfall. Most glaciers across the world are declining, although a few are growing due to increased snowfall, which outweighs the melting effect of warmer temperatures at a few places. If you are interested in seeing the national parks as they were when declared important places worth preserving, then go see the glaciers now while you still can. I went to Alaska’s Glacier Bay this year in part for this reason. You can see the stunning photos and read more about it here.

Ecologist Morton J. Elrod used this boulder to measure the terminus of Grinnell Glacier in 1926. Now, no ice is visible from the rock. Archives and Special Collections, Mansfield Library, University of Montana-Missoula