See these glaciers while they’re still around

Glaciers — those majestic, year-round slow rivers of ice — are on the leading edge of climate change, as they lose more mass through melting each summer than they gain in winter snow accumulation. Here's our tour of top glaciers on six continents, along with observations about what their eventual demise will mean for us and our planet.

Text by John Rossheim | Photo editing by Connie Ricca

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Sep 30, 2013 10:41AM
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Scientific facts: 1. Glaciers melt, sometimes faster, sometimes slower. 2. Ice that melts and slides off the end of a glacier is replenished faster or slower.

We haven't been around long enough to study those limits (thousands or more years)  so at that point we fall from science to incomplete data and speculation.

Sep 30, 2013 9:14AM
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Your opening line show how stupidity invested here.  Any ice melt is simply a cyclical trend (science proven) and in the last year alone, there has been a 60% increase in the ice formation.
Sep 1, 2013 6:15AM
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The downside is the fast melting.  The upside is that most of the folks living at or near sea level are Liberals who cannot swim.
Aug 27, 2013 9:57PM
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Take a drive north of Calgary, Alberta, Canada...you can ride out on to the Athabasca Glacier in a monstrous bus. The glacier is visible from the highway but is best experienced while standing on top. Cupping your hands to catch ice cold glacier water is the bomb !!!
Aug 27, 2013 6:53PM
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Why does no one ever mention Iceland? I've traveled extensively and I have yet to find a place more beautiful than Iceland. Glaciers, volcanoes, horseback riding through lava fields, waterfalls... seriously, it's just as beautiful as any of these places mentioned.
Aug 26, 2013 8:26AM
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I went to GNP last summer, and saw one of the most beautiful places on the planet! Drive the Going to the Sun road, stop at the visitor center in Logan Pass, and take the short and fairly easy one hour hike to Hidden Lake, where you can see the glaciers receding. Bring binoculars. Lots of wildlife as well, maybe catch a glimps of a Grizzly (there are plenty out there) as well as mountain Goats and Bighorn sheep.  I was walking on snowfield in late July. The hiking is incredible. Another good viewing is Grinnell, and a hike into Avalanche Lake is awesome. See this magnificent place before it all melts away. Such a shame.
I love Montana..

Aug 25, 2013 12:47PM
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WHAT ABOUT GLACIERS IN THE CONTENTIAL usa THAT i CAN DRIVE AN AUTO CLOSE ENOUGH TO WALK TO AND TAKE PICTURES ?
Aug 24, 2013 11:28AM
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Conveniently, you have forgotten ClimateGate where scientists at Anglia were lying about so-called global warming so they could keep their grants. Turns out someone hacked into their e-mails and found comments showing that their sensors were showing no GW.

 

The UK Daily Mail recently published reports showing that GW stopped 15 yrs ago.

Liberals are trying to get the populace to believe in so-called Global warming so that they can discredit capitalism.

 

Grow up.

Aug 21, 2013 3:14PM
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it is so sad to see and everyone will wonder why the beaches have disappeared.  Each of you can make a difference and stop the global warming process. Wake  up world and do it now.......
Aug 20, 2013 12:51PM
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Wow, just when I thought Americans were getting smarter.... btw why don't you person?(s) who don't believe in science, next time your sick go to a doctor who doesn't believe in science, or have your car worked on by some guy who doesn't read manuals or has technical education, yep, go from the gut cuz ya know you have more nerve endins in your gut than any wher on your bodi, books en edukmikation is for suckas, god no wonder this country going down fast.

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