Endangered Places: A Quiz Deck
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How soon is Glacier National Park expected to become glacierless?
a. Although the massive glaciers that blanketed what is now Montana’s Glacier National Park during the last ice age have for the most part been retreating for centuries, in recent years the pace of melting has accelerated. Current estimates suggest that the park will be devoid of its namesake landmarks as early as the year 2020, 10 years ahead of estimates from just over a decade ago. Ecosystems unique to glacier edges are certain to disappear. In addition, warmer temperatures mean that snow and ice melt is likely to occur earlier in the year, causing spring flooding but denying downstream communities a supply of fresh water during the hotter summer months. In addition to making conditions more favorable for forest fires, drier summers may have drastic impacts on the entire regional ecosystem, from small plants near the bottom of the food chain to grizzly bears near the top.