Colorado scientists study risks of glaciers’ meltdown

Colorado scientists study risks of glaciers’ meltdown

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Tracking high-elevation snowfall at NSF's Niwot Ridge LTER site in Colorado.US: A team of scientists in Colorado using ground-penetrating radar have raised concerns about water supplies in the future. The climate change is shrinking glaciers and other icy terrain in the Rocky Mountains, the team observed. The findings of the team also talks about vanishing of the Arikaree and other rock glaciers that hold water west of Boulder. The Arikaree Glacier that is 1,000 years old, feeds North Boulder Creek, had held steady from 1965 through 1997. But as a result of the drastic climate change in last 15 years, the glacier has thinned down by 1 meter. The Colorado scientists, supported by the National Science Foundation, determined that ice directly influenced by air temperatures has shown "clear signs of increased melt rates." Their report said trends are "unlikely to change" under the current climate conditions.

Source: Denver Post