…And then there were 25. Numbers and ice.
Number of glaciers in Glacier National Park, Montana, in 1850: 150 (estimated).
Number of glaciers remaining in 2003: 27.
Number of glaciers remaining as of April 7, 2010: 25.
Date at which all remaining glaciers would disappear, 2005 estimate: 2030.
Date at which all remaining glaciers would disappear, 2010 estimate: 2020.
Number of acres a glacier must cover to be considered a glacier (below that size threshold, ice typically is stagnant and does not move): 25
Shepard Glacier, Glacier National Park, Montana, 1913:
Rock and ice formerly known as Shepard Glacier, Glacier National Park, Montana, 2005:
(Both photos, credit: US Geological Survey)
Number of degrees centigrade global temperature has increased, average, from 1950-1979 baseline to present: 1
Number of degrees centigrade Glacier National Park temperature has increased from 1950-1979 baseline to present, per Rocky Mountain Climate Organization: 2
Number of Senators from Montana on Environment & Public Works Committee: 1
Votes on E&PW Committee to pass Kerry-Boxer climate bill out of committee: 11-1 (guess who was the 1 "no" vote, with banner of Glacier National Park prominent on website)
Number of people who visit Glacier National Park per year: 2,000,000
Rank of Glacier National Park among National Park Service units: 11th most popular
Number of people who visit Montana drawn primarily by Glacier National Park, in percent: nearly 33
Dollars spent by visitors: approaching 1,000,000,000
(source for above four facts: Glacier National Park in Peril (pdf))
Actions taken by Jon Tester (D-MT) regarding climate bill to date: 1 (he joined 21 moderate Democratic colleagues in signing a letter calling for comprehensive clean energy and climate legislation)
Numbers to dial to reach Senator Tester to ask him to vote yes on a STRONG climate bill: 202-224-2644
Glacier National Park: Priceless.