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Last Metro glacier is vanishing

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Did you know that there is a glacier in Metro Vancouver? Well I didn’t. But not surprisingly, because its part of the closed watershed. And also becuase it won’t be there for much longer.

Thanks to Jeff  Nagel on Twitter I now have a link to a BC Local News story by Glen Bohn

Coquitlam Glacier

Coquitlam Glacier

Two centuries ago, when the West Coast had a cooler climate during the Little Ice Age, there were about 10 glaciers in the mountains north of Metro Vancouver.

Now, only the Coquitlam Glacier remains.

It’s the only mass of land ice in Metro’s three watersheds – the snow-blanketed mountains, forested valleys and vast reservoirs that encompass almost 600 square kilometres of land and fresh water. And the Coquitlam Glacier is thinning and shrinking, like other so-called “permanent glaciers” in North America and around the planet, as average annual temperatures climb.

There’s also a slide show and the following information

Glenn Bohn is a Metro Vancouver communications specialist and former newspaper reporter.

The Coquitlam glacier is featured in an episode of The Sustainable Region airing this month on community television channels. It can also be seen, along with other archived episodes, at

Written by Stephen Rees

December 9, 2008 at 5:11 pm

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