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Inquiry Report On Peyto Glaciers

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Glacier Inquiry Report
The 24 km₂ Peyto Glacier is situated in the Canadian Rockies on Peyto Lake, Banff National Park, Alberta. It is an outflow glacier from the Wapta Icefield. Peyto Glacier creates glacial silt, which is carried from the glacier to Peyto lake by glacial melt, which ensures a turquoise appearance to it, making it a popular tourist destination.

As is true for the vast majority of the glaciers worldwide, this glacier has undergone rapid retreating and downwasting (thinning of ice). In the past century, it has reportedly lost 70% of its mass, or a total 1088x106m2 of the glacier. Scientists are predicting that the terminus of the glacier will be gone, and the glacier will retreat of another 1 km₂, by 2019.

The reason for this rapid loss is due to the glacier’s close proximity to major cities such as Calgary. This makes the glacier more prone to the effects of global climate issues, such as global warming, greenhouse gases, and excess pollution. Rising temperatures in the earth's atmosphere are being caused predominantly by the burning of fossil fuels like coal, oil and natural gas, and in the operation of transport, heating and lighting our homes, and mining operations, a large industry in Alberta. This constant temperature rise results in further glacial melting. Glaciers used to melt
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The Peyto Glacier sits on Peyto Lake, which flows into the Mistaya and North Saskatchewan Rivers. The excess water can have major effects on the volume and timing of water discharged into rivers. This would further result with consequences hydroelectricity generation, maintaining river and riparian habitats, fish populations and recreational use. Since water from streams/rivers end up in oceans, the effect on water supplies and levels may create a flood risk for coastal areas and many cities on the floodplain like New York and
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