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5 Endangered National Parks (Slideshow)

5 Endangered National Parks (Slideshow)
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1. Glacier National Park

Yes, that’s its name, but by 2030, there may be no more glaciers in this beautiful park.

Already, some of the most famous glaciers in the Montana park have shrunk by more than half, and only 17% of the glaciers found there in 1850 remain today (26 of 150). While the valleys below have warmed about 2 degrees in the last century, the peaks of Glacier National Park have warmed about 2 degrees every year for 15 years.

The visitor center at Glacier has two dramatic photos, side-by-side: Glacier in the 1930′s and Glacier now. If you have ever doubted the existence of global warming, this will change your mind.

First Photo: Bachspics; second photo: StevenLPierce

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1:16PM PDT on Jul 15, 2012

The way to preserve them is to remind our children of their connectedness with them...that we are part of all that...not meant to destroy it....

2:00AM PDT on Jul 15, 2012

There are some really beautiful places in this world, the problem is that we simply take them for granted. Once we have destroyed this world's beauty it will be impossible to get it back.

2:58PM PDT on Jul 13, 2012

ty

5:08PM PDT on Jul 12, 2012

Noted. Thanks for the update.

10:52AM PDT on Jul 12, 2012

This is terrible news and also very frustrating! Not enough people care about these issues.

8:22AM PDT on Jul 12, 2012

That is sad news indeed. We need to preserve our national parks and other wild lands.

11:27PM PDT on Jul 11, 2012

This just makes me very sad. Money for war, but none to preserve our wilderness.

10:14PM PDT on Jul 11, 2012

Beautiful. And way too good to lose.

8:01PM PDT on Jul 11, 2012

PRESERVE OUR NATIONAL PARKS THEY ARE SO BEAUTIFUL!

6:14PM PDT on Jul 11, 2012

So sad but true.

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