Total Glacier Ice Decline - 1860-2010

Cumulative decline (in cubic miles) in glacier ice worldwide. Click Global Climate Change Impacts in the U.S.">here for more information
Warming temperatures lead to the melting of glaciers and ice sheets. The total volume of glaciers on Earth is declining sharply. Glaciers have been retreating worldwide for at least the last century; the rate of retreat has increased in the past decade. Only a few glaciers are actually advancing (in locations that were well below freezing, and where increased precipitation has outpaced melting). The progressive disappearance of glaciers has implications not only for a rising global sea level, but also for water supplies in certain regions of Asia and South America.
Source: NOAA
URL:     http://www.ncdc.noaa.gov/indicators/
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