A new report from NASA states that Montana’s Glacier National Park will lose all of its glaciers by 2030.
Research on glacial change in Montana has been a concern for scientists for quite a few years, especially after glacial coverage in the park “decreased from 8.3 square miles in 1850 to 2.9 square miles in 1979.” These findings have led scientists to predict that Glacier National Park will be free of glaciers completely by 2030.
The year estimate comes from a “simple geospatial model running on software from the 1990s,” as reported in the NASA report. They released images accompanying the report, and the findings are visually shocking.
The image below depicts glacial space, identified as light blue and white, in 1984.
And this image shows glacial space as of August 2015.
While scientists are relating these changes to climate change and decade trends leading toward warming, they are confident that the glaciers will continue to disappear in the park.
Does that mean that we’ll have to rename it when there are no glaciers left? Scientists are only predicting we’ll have about 10-15 solid years left of viable glacial viewing.