Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Massive Loss of North Cascades Glacial Ice This Summer

Foss Glacier, North Cascades, Summer 2015.  Source: http://blogs.agu.org/fromaglaciersperspective/2015/08/20/disastrous-year-for-north-cascade-glacier-mass-balance-snowice-economy/
Although I'm in Europe, here's some disturbing news from the U.S.

In a recent post for the AGU Blogosphere entitled Disastrous Year for North Cascade Glacier Mass Balance, Mauri Pelto, Professor of Environmental Science at Nichols College, reports on the massive loss of glacial ice in the North Cascades this year.  Assuming normal loss for the rest of the summer, the North Cascades will lose an astounding 5-7% of its glacial ice in just one year.  The sad thing about this is that it takes a long time to build up glacial ice.  This ice is gone and it's not coming back.
Click on the link above for more info.

1 comment:

  1. An El Nino winter may make this situation even worse come 2016 summertime.