Glacier National Park Will Run Out Of Glaciers In 2020 As Hick Looks For 'Verdict' On GCC

04/14/2010 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

DENVER- As Denver Mayor and Democratic gubernatorial candidate John Hickenlooper waffles on climate change, the U.S. Geological Society is reporting that Montana's Glacier National Park will be glacier-less in a decade. Scientists had previously estimated that the park's signature glacier-grade ice fields would last until 2030.

"The 2020 date is new. Dan Fagre, glacier-melting expert [for the USGS], took a close look at his monitoring data last year and determined that the glaciers are melting faster than he had anticipated," Steve Thompson, senior program manager at the National Park Conservation Association's Glacier Field Office, told the Colorado Independent.

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