Some people think sand is really neat; I happen to think ice is pretty cool. If you’re not aware, ice is frozen water and is typically the main component of a glacier. I’m a rather large dork (when it comes to natural sciences), thus my degree in Forestry.
The past couple days I’ve been reading about how almost all the glaciers in Montana’s Glacier National Park will likely be gone by the year 2020. According to a couple websites, there were 150 glaciers in Glacier National Park back in 1850. Less than two dozen of them remain today and are retreating at alarming rates. The source of the rapid retreat can easily be blamed on global warming. I really don’t want to get into a global warming discussion though. More than anything it saddens me to think how fast these ice dinosaurs are vanishing. It’s my hope my daughter can witness one of nature’s most jaw dropping creations for the rest of her lifetime.
I’ve been on several glaciers in my years outdoors. I’m always awestruck by the impressive size of even the smallest glaciers. It boggles my mind how some glaciers can be 2,000 feet thick and others are in excess of 30 miles long. I told you I wasn’t kidding about this SnObsession of mine. If you’ve never had a chance to see a glacier collapsing into a body of water, do it. It’s one of the most remarkable sights to see icebergs with your own two eyes.