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Some glaciers manage to stay their icy course

Brief by Allen Best

Climate – June 2006 – Colorado Central Magazine

While glaciers across much of the world have been shrinking, four small glaciers in Rocky Mountain National Park have been holding their own since the 1930s, according to then-and-now photo comparisons.

Researcher Jack Achuff theorized that the small glaciers — each about 20 acres in size — are not following the trend because they get little direct sunlight.

Farther south along the Continental Divide, in the Indian Peaks Wilderness Area, two glaciers have been losing their ice rapidly. Studies by the University of Colorado suggest both the Arikaree and Arapahoe glaciers have lost more than 60 feet of ice thickness since 1960, reports the Associated Press.