Withdraw from lowlands to mountains, scientists find

Scientists aver that save over a small area that glaciers of the world are retreating to the mountains. The glacier of Mount Sarmiento, in South America, which descended to the sea when Darwin found it in 1836, is now separated from the shore by a vigorous growth of timber.

The Jacobshaven glacier, in Greenland, has retreated four miles since 1860, and the East glacier, in Spitzenbergen, is more than a mile away from its old terminal moraine. In Scandinavia the snow line is farther up the mountains, and the glaciers have withdrawn 3,000 feet from the lowlands in a century.

The Arapahoe glacier, in the Rocky Mountains, with characteristic American enterprise, has been melting at a rapid rate for several years. In the eastern Alps and one or two other small districts, the glaciers are growing. In view of these facts, we should not be too skeptical when old men assure us that winters nowadays are not to be compared with the winters of their boyhood.

Source: Aberdeen Herald