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01887.jpg Photo from inside a crevasse of the Matanuska Glacier in Alaska, climate change up close
Global warming and the effect of climate change is the cause of the accellerated receding and melting of the glaciers in Alaska. Looking inside a wide crevasse, the meltwater is running brisk. Matanuska Glacier in Alaska is melting at an alarming fast rate. Rocks and debree picked up by the glacier as it makes it's way down the valley is embedded in the ice. Vulcanic ash from eruprions past is absorbing sun light and warming up and again accellerating the whole ice melting process. The thickness of the glacier has greatly reduced just over the last 15 years. Changes in the summer temperature and warmer winters with less snow fall in the mountains are all contributing factors of global warming and the effect it has on Alaska.