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Just One Generation Before Alberta’s Athabasca Glacier Disappears

Alberta’s renowned Athabasca Glacier is losing more than five metres of ice depth per year and could be gone in a generation, said John Wilmshurst, resource conservation manager at Jasper National Park. The glacier, the largest of six ice sheets in Jasper’s Columbia Icefield, is believed to be the most-visited in North America. “Every year we drive stakes five metres deep into the glacier in the fall,” Wilmshurst told CP. “We have to return and re-drill them in mid-summer because a lot of those stakes on the Athabasca Glacier, the one that a lot of people go visit, will be lying flat on the ice at that time.”

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