Glacial melt accelerates in western North America

Glacial melt accelerates in western North America

News Type: State, Regional Source: Mountain West News
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Glaciers in western North America, not including Alaska, have lost about 117 billion tons of ice since 2000, and are currently losing about 12 billion tons a year, according to new study published in Geophysical Research Letters.

Many are a critical source of fresh water, helping to feed the streams and rivers that wildlife and human communities depend on.

As the glaciers shrink, experts worry that these water supplies could begin to dry up. So keeping close tabs on melt rates, and the factors that influence them, can help communities plan for the future.