Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Where are the Glaciers?

On our way west we decided to take a three hour drive north to Glacier National Park in northern Montana where they are celebrating their centennial (1910-2010). This park boasts a large number of glaciers; that is, sadly, they did over a century ago.

According to their latest newsletter, "In 1850 there were an estimated 150 glaciers in the park. Today there are 25. Scientists predict (at current rates of warming) the glaciers will disappear by 2020."

We took an exhilerating drive up to the highest point at over 6,300 feet elevation to Logan Pass. There we were enthralled by a hike through an alpine meadow with imposing peaks all around.

A note of interest to me as a Canadian is that it is now known as the Waterton-Glacier International Peace Park. Just north of Montana, Canada designated Waterton Lakes as a national park as well. Both governments now have joined the two into one international park to preserve and enjoy nature.

When have you enjoyed viewing a glacier? How do you feel about global warming and the loss of ice shelves throughout the world?