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By Andrew Christiansen

The changing face of Mt. Adams


Darryl Lloyd

MT. ADAMS GLACIERS: Why are glaciers on Mt. Adams changing at a rate different from other mountains in the Cascades?

There is a mystery about the glaciers on Mt. Adams. In the period from 1904 to 2006, Mt. Adams glaciers have shrunk in size by about 50 percent while the nearby glaciers on Mt. Hood, Mt. Rainier, and Mt. Baker have declined at a slower rate.

That was one of the revelations presented at the first annual “Mount Adams in a Warming Climate” conference held in Trout Lake last Friday. The reason for the more rapid melt down of the Mt. Adams glaciers isn’t well understood, but then again, Mt. Adams, it was revealed, has not had the level of study that its neighboring peaks have had over the years due to its relative inaccessibility.

The status of research on Mt. Adams glaciers was presente...

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Reader Comments

sunshinelady writes:

As an attendee of this conference, this reporter does an outstanding job of capturing much of the pertinent information delivered to the audience. As a person with professional experience in non-profits, conferences, and educational seminars, I am used to the majority of the reporting being delegated to acknowledging partnerships and sponsorships, not content. Bravo!! And, to the reader population, I would definitely suggest attending this conference next year!!


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