What happens to the majesty of the purple mountains of “America the Beautiful” if all of their glaciers are gone? “It’s a very sad thing to contemplate,” said Christopher White, Santa Fe resident and author of The Melting World: A Journey Across America’s Vanishing Glaciers (St. Martin’s Press).
White spent five years in Glacier National Park chronicling the work of U.S. Geological Survey ecologist and climate scientist Dan Fagre, who has monitored Rocky Mountain glaciers for two decades. One of his research strategies is comparing current scenes with photographs from the 1800s.
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