Quick Before It Melts, Vanishing America

Travel News — By Peter Horan on April 9, 2010 at 1:20 pm

It’s easy to take big natural wonders for granted. Why rush to see Old Faithful or Half Dome or the Great Smokies? They’ll always be there, right? Maybe yes. Maybe no.

This interesting post from Yahoo’s Green blog points out that some iconic American destinations may not be there—at least in the way that you expect–when you get around to visiting. One of the most striking images is the disappearance of the glaciers that gave Glacier National Park it’s name. These are USGS images taken just 73 years apart . No matter where you stand on global warming (sorry, climate change is the politically correct term now), it’s stunning to see the degree to which the glaciers have disappeared in one human lifetime.

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Glacier National Park (Image: USGS)

Other destinations at risk include the Everglades, parts of the Appalachian Mountains, and Salmon fishing on the Snake River. Take a look and decide if you want to move one of them up on your “bucket list”.

[Everglades Image: http2007/Flickr]

Tags: climate change, Everglades, Glacier National Park, global warming

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