Saturday, October 22, 2016

Is man made global warming to blame for glacier melt and retreat?

"In 1908, National Geographic reported that Alaskan glaciers at Glacier Bay retreated eleven feet per day from 1894 to 1907, during the coldest years on record.

USGS reports that Glacier Bay glaciers retreated four feet per day from 1760 to 1907. I annotated the map to show which periods of melting are considered natural by scientists, and which periods are caused by man.
In 1911, it was reported that glaciers in the Alps were disappearing.

In 1932 it was reported that the glaciers of west Antarctica had been rapidly retreating for at least a century."

GRAVE NEWS ABOUT GLACIERS (from May 18, 1911 before my parents were born).
Glaciers are part of the romance of mountains; the very name gives the thrill of the lonely and high and awful even to those who are not quite sure what a glacier may be. There is grave news about glaciers; they are disappearing, it would seem. Swiss peasants who are not yet quite all modernised enough to think toy railways in harmony with the eternal hills, declare that the tourists who go to see the glaciers are the cause of the ruin. Wherever the mountain cars run the glaciers flee.
It's a good thing we visited Alaska in 2001, 250 years after the glaciers were reported retreating.

Oh my goodness--I still wear this sweatshirt!

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