How many glaciers has Glacier National Park lost since it was founded?



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    Originally, Montana’s Glacier National Park had at least 150 glaciers large enough to have received their own name.  Now there are only 26, and most of these are much smaller than they were decades ago.  If current trends continue, scientists predict that the park will have lost all it’s glaciers by the year 2030.  Glacier National Park is often cited as an example of global warming’s effects on the landscape, because it is a location in the lower 48 United States that many Americans can relate to – and because we have reliable records regarding the park’s glacier cover that go all the way back to the 1850s.  However, the melting of glaciers in Glacier National Park is just one example of a global trend, and the same thing is happening to glaciers in areas all over the world.

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