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Some of Glacier National Park's glaciers have lost as much as 80% of their size in the last 50 years

September 15, 2020. Summarized by summa-bot.

When the park was founded in 1910, it had over 100 glaciers. Now, "a couple dozen" are large enough to be considered glaciers, and all of them have suffered tremendous melt.

(CNN) — Glacier National Park, one of America's original 10 national parks, could lose its glaciers completely within decades.

Glacier National Park is over 100 years old now, but its terrain is rapidly changing -- and park officials want allies to support its future for the next 100 years.

Some lost as much as 80% of their area, but the average loss was 40%, Glacier National Park tweeted this week.

For years, the park predicted all of its glaciers would be gone by 2020.

The National Park Service recently removed that expiration date due to the fickle nature of glaciers and the effects of climate change.

But if Glacier National Park continues to lose its eponymous features, its aesthetic won't be the only thing to suffer.

Glaciers' waters also generate electricity, according to the National Park Service, as it passes through hydroelectric dams.

It may be too late to save Glacier National Park's glaciers, the park concedes, because global temperatures have already climbed 1. 5 degrees Fahrenheit (Northwest Montana, where the park is located, is warming at double that rate, according to the National Park Service).

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