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By Jackie Bussjaeger
This is Montana Editor 

Disappearing glaciers give scientists new insights

This is Montana


November 26, 2020

Courtesy of Dan Fagre

A member of the CCME team conducts research on Sperry Glacier in Glacier National Park. The CCME program has observed Sperry Glacier since 2005 and will continue recording data about it until it is completely gone, sometime in the next few decades.

There is perhaps no feature more prominent in the discussion of climate science than the disappearance of glaciers. In Glacier National Park, this rings especially true. 

U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) research ecologist Dan Fagre has traveled the world conducting research on glaciers and mountain ecosystems. After working for more than 29 years in Glacier National Park, he knows Montana's glaciers better than most.

"People like glaciers," he said. "They like to see them. A lot of people come to Glacier Park and the first thing they want to do is see a glacier. It's our charismatic geolog...

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