Gone by 2070: Study says glaciers in Olympic NP rapidly being destroyed by global warming
By 2070, the glaciers on the Olympic Peninsula in Washington State will have largely disappeared, according to a new study. The loss will alter the region's ecosystems and shrink a critical source of summer water for local communities.
The Olympic Mountains, which range from sea level to just under 8,000 feet in elevation, are almost entirely within the bounds of Olympic National Park on the western peninsula of Washington state. The park hosts approximately 200 glaciers and in recent years typically receives well over 100 inches of precipitation, much of which falls as snow. But as the climate warms, these low-elevation mountains and their glaciers are threatened.