Tuesday, 23 December 2014

Receding glaciers

We all need to print off these photos so that we can show them to the last generation of humans and in a thrilling voice say to them. 

When I was your age we had electricity and water in our houses and a thing called the internet and TV. We used to look at places like these called glaciers which were covered in hard cold water called ice. 

I know that is hard to believe now that we all live in a radioactive desert but once apon a time there were cold places in the world. That tin tube that we live in used to be called an aeroplane and unbelievably it would fly around in the air like those animals I told you about called birds and take these images which are called photos. 

Then when the kids ask what happened? We can answer we cooked it, lets go outside and see if we can find some dead or very slow people to eat.

---Kevin Hester

These 9 Before And After Photos Of Melting Glaciers Tell A Shocking Story



Did you know Montana is home to Glacier National Park? This park is the birthplace of gigantic glaciers left over from the last ice age. Unfortunately, they're melting at a rapid rate, and there's not much we can do to stop it.

Glaciers across the world lost a great deal of their mass as temperatures continue to rise. You're probably won't be able to understand just how much smaller these glaciers are now without the ability to compare what they once looked like. Thankfully, we have these 9 photos to compare the past to today. You'll be shocked by how small these glaciers are today.


1.) Boulder Peak on Boulder Glacier


1.) Boulder Peak on Boulder Glacier
W.C. Alden
These are found at Glacier National Park, where the number of 90 degree days has tripled since the last century. The park once contained 150 glaciers, but is now home to only 25 (and likely none within 30 years).

2.) Ice Cave on Boulder Glacier


2.) Ice Cave on Boulder Glacier
George Grant
Boulder Glacier lost more than 76% of its area from 1966-2005. It no longer exceeds 100,000 square meters in area.

3.) Cheney Glacier with view of Cheney Notch


3.) Cheney Glacier with view of Cheney Notch
M.R. Campbell
Cheney Glacier lost nearly 30% of its area from 1966-2005. This means less avalanches to naturally clear land for wildlife species to roam.

4.) Grinnell Glacier


4.) Grinnell Glacier
F.E. Matthes
Wildfire season is now more than two months longer than it was in the 1970s. When the temperature rises and snow melts early, soils dry out and forests become increasingly susceptible to wildfires.

5.) Boulder Glacier taken near Boulder Pass


5.) Boulder Glacier taken near Boulder Pass
T.J. Hileman
A diminished mountain snowpack causes a drinking water shortage and a reduction in the supply of water for crops and livestock.

6.) Swiftcurrent Glacier


6.) Swiftcurrent Glacier
Though melting slower than the others, this glacier lost nearly 15% of its area between 1966 and 2005.

7.) Grinnell Glacier at Elo’s Rock


7.) Grinnell Glacier at Elro’s Rock
Morton Elrod
Grinnel Glacier shrunk in area by almost 40% between 1966 and 2005.

8.) Iceberg Glacier


8.) Iceberg Glacier
T.J. Hileman
A typically unthought consequence of melting glaciers at Glacier National Park is the loss of tourist dollars. 9 out of 10 visitors to GNP list wildlife sightseeing as one of their activities at the park, and they spend $1 billion annually, supporting 4,000 jobs.

9.) Shepard Glacier


9.) Shepard Glacier
Shepard Glacier, measured in 2010, no longer qualifies as a glacier. It decreased in size to less than 25 acres.
(via Mashable)
Whether caused by man or nature, yesterday's glaciers are becoming tomorrow's history. There's little time before they're all gone, so now is the perfect time to visit...before it's too late.

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