Influence of water sources on vegetation and geomorphic conditions of first order streams in Glacier National Park, Montana, USA
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In 1850 at the end of the Little Ice Age, 150 glaciers existed in Glacier National Park (GNP), MT. In 2010, only 25 remained. Climate warming in mid-high latitudes and mountain regions, like GNP, is occurring more rapidly than any other place on Earth. This warming is causing extensive loss of glaciers and snowpack and in high elevation watersheds, glacier melt water exerts substantial influence on hydrogeomorphic processes producing floods, landslides, and debris flows. Rising temperatures will have short term and long term effects on stream flow from melting glaciers including increases in ...