Grinnell Glacier (BW)

James Anderson

Calgary, Canada

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After a long hike to Grinnell Glacier..it is time to take a nap along the rocky shores of Upper Grinnell Lake. A lone waterfall drains what is left of Salamander Glacier into the Upper Grinnell Lake. Grinnell Glacier is mostly a lake as it has slowly melted away thru the centuries. The glacier has been one of the most photographed glaciers in the park and many of these photographs date back to the mid 19th century. When compared with images taken over subsequent years, the glacier has obviously retreated substantially. In 1850, at the end of what has been referred to as the Little Ice Age, Grinnell Glacier measured 710 acres (2.9 km2), including the area of The Salamander Glacier, an ice apron or shelf glacier that used to be attached to Grinnell, but is now separate. By 1993, Grinnell Glacier measured 220 acres (0.89 km2) and The Salamander measured 57 acres (0.23 km2).4 Between 1966 and 2005, Grinnell Glacier lost almost 40 percent of its acreage.2 Glaciologists have predicted that all the glaciers in the park, including Grinnell, will disappear by the year 2030.5 (from wikipedia). Grinnell Glacier, Glacier National Park, Montana, USA

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