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Ahern Glacier seen from the north view of Mount Wilbur’s summit. How ironic that Glacier National Park is expected to be glacier free by 2030. There’s no debating that the glaciers of this park are receding at an alarming rate. In the 1800’s there were an estimated 150 glaciers in GNP, now 25 remain. USGS sends their research ecologists to the park every other year now to do repeat photography on these shrinking rivers of ice. You know, GNP happens to be warming at 3x the rate of the global average rise in air temperatures and these temps contribute to the disappearance of glaciers along with the increase of wildfires. Glaciers significance in the park is great, they give a good deal of life down below. Take the grizzlies, who depend on huckleberries as a vital food source but the huckleberry crop directly depends on snowpack conditions. Those of us who are witnessing this occurrence up close, view it as a testament to the power of climate change and its consequences over natural landscapes. As one of my favorites put it, “the good thing about science is that it’s true whether or not you believe in it” #stayeducated