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Western Canada’s Glaciers Could Vanish by 2100: Study

| April 7, 2015 Comment

Western Canada’s Glaciers Could Vanish by 2100: Study

Canada’s glacial ice draws millions of tourists and provides drinking water to two countries, Canada and the US, but this important economic resource could disappear by the end of the 21st century, a new study finds.

For the study, scientists devised a new computer model that predicts how glaciers will respond to future climate change. The model simulates how each individual glacier is likely to flow and change shape as it melts.

In the Rocky Mountains of Alberta and British Columbia, 90 percent of the spectacular mountain glaciers may vanish by 2100, according to research published Monday (April 6) in the journal Nature Geoscience .

Garry Clarke, a glaciologist at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver said “Over the next century, there is going to be a huge loss, The glaciers are telling us that we’re changing the climate.”

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