They just fade away.
So, we live in Alaska, we can see glaciers from our house! Fortunately, can't see Sarah Palin anymore. This summer family came and visited and we went down to Exit Glacier which is very accessible. There is a national park there with free parking, services, handicap accessible until the first viewpoint, etc. We took the long hike up above the glacier and then made our way down the side to the rocky flats at the head. And the glacier has definitely, moved. This is something one isn't supposed to be able to watch, but it got a foot shorter while we were there. They have these signs with years on them as you drive back there but the signs get closer and closer together, and then they are months and not years. And then you are watching it recede. Unbelievable. We had a beautiful day, and stayed nearby in a great woodsy cabin. And felt good that we had piled into a very small gas efficient car...but all that breaking and melting is a little disarming, even in such beautiful surroundings.
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