Shrinking Glaciers

Most glaciers around the world appear to be getting smaller.

By Emily Sohn, 00:00 AM September 5, 2005

I'd rather sit in a hot tub than play in the snow. I like my drinking water without ice cubes. I think winter storms are wonderful, as long as I'm sitting inside next to a warm fire. In other words, I've never been a big fan of ice. Until, that is, I went to Alaska.

On a recent sea-kayaking trip off the state's southern coast, I spent a day paddling around icebergs and staring at a massive glacier that had crept down a valley to leave a wall of ice where it sloped down to the sea.

When a tidewater glacier calves, large chunks break off and crash into the water.

When a ...

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