September 27, 2013
Yes, it’s Tyndall again. See my other post regarding a discovery of his. After watching a movie yesterday on Netflix called Chasing Ice, I wondered how many glaciers there are in the United States. I saw my home state of Colorado has at least 13 (one website said 14). I’ve been to one of them. They are small and one of them is named after John Tyndall. In the United States there are glaciers in Alaska, Washington, Oregon, Montana, Wyoming, Utah and Colorado.
Wikipedia defines an ice glacier as a persistent body of ice greater than 0.1km² so that’s a pretty small area and converts to about 24 square acres. That is a little more than 21 football fields for you NFL fans.
What’s so interesting about Tyndall Glacier besides skiing on it year ’round? Not much except the fact that it’s a glacier and like many in the world, it might just disappear. You can see where I’m going with this post.
I feel like I’m like most people when it comes to global warming. I think about recycling and try to use the right trash can for recyclables. I don’t think I do much else though. My house does have a lot of CFL lighting which must make a little difference. The toilets are low flow and I don’t water a big yard but my HOA demands grass in the front yard. But I haven’t changed my driving habits. Is that where I have a large carbon footprint?
How is this world of consuming going to change? I just don’t see it happening. The politics behind this have to do with governments and corporations unwilling to subordinate their power and interests. I think marketing green is making us think they’re doing something about it. You think they’re going to change much? The citizens will be in an uproar if they take something away from us or we don’t get a new iphone every year.
Anyway, I’m going to visit Tyndall Glacier and as many of the other Colorado glaciers I can. I watched the receding glaciers on Chasing Ice and was profoundly moved by what’s happening. Don’t let people tell you that global warming isn’t being caused by humans. Refer them to the movie. You can see the changes. You can’t see carbon dioxide.
Where can you see this movie (Chasing Ice)? Look here….http://www.canistream.it/search/movie/chasing%20ice
I want my little Tyndall Glacier to stay put (even though I don’t even know where it is yet) so I can see it one day. I sure would like to go to Alaska and look at those as well. I hear the fjords are awe inspiring.