Olympic National Park

Olympic National Park

Expert Says Olympic National Park Glaciers are Shrinking

January 17, 2012, 2:07 pm

Olympic National Park GlacierThe glaciers in the North Olympic Peninsula's national park have shrunk by an average of 15 percent of their mass since the 1980s.

“One glacier has completely disappeared,” Bill Baccus, Olympic National Park physical scientist, told a standing-room crowd of at least 100 people at the park's Visitor's Center.

Ferry Glacier, which was one of the 60 largest glaciers in the park in 1982, has disappeared completely from its rocky niche in the Bailey Range, Baccus said as he presented “Olympic Glaciers — Past, Present, Future,” looking in detail at the changes in the park's glaciers, particularly in the past 30 years.

Another glacier, Lillian, has “virtually disappeared,” he said.

Baccus has been studying the park's 311 glaciers in detail since 2010, after receiving a grant in 2009 to study global climate change on the Olympic glaciers.

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Image: Anderson Glacier in Olympic National Park. Credit: NPS/WikiMedia Commons