Posted: Apr 7, 2010 11:03 AM by Associated Press
Scientists say Glacier National Park has lost two more of its namesake moving icefields to climate change, which is shrinking the rivers of ice until they grind to a halt.
Researcher Dan Fagre said Wednesday that warmer temperatures have reduced the number of named glaciers in the northwestern Montana park to 25.
The U.S. Geological Survey ecologist warns the rest may be gone by the end of the decade.
The park's glaciers once numbered as many as 150 but have been slowly melting away since about 1850. That's when the centuries-long Little Ice Age ended.
The melting has accelerated in recent decades as global temperatures have increased.