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Unformatted text preview: never before seen in geologic history. 3. Melting Glaciers. Glaciers are all retreating at the highest rates ever
documented. Many of those glaciers, along with snow melt, especially in the Himalayas, Andes, Alps, and Sierras, provide most of
the freshwater that the populations below the mountains depend upon - yet this fresh water supply is vanishing. Just think about the percentage of world's population in southern Asia (especially India) that depend on Himalayan snowmelt for their
fresh water. The implications are staggering. The permafrost that once remained solidly frozen even in the summer has now Üiawed,
damaging the Inuit villages on the Arctic coast and threatening all our pipelines to die North Slope of Alaska. This is catastrophic not only
for life on the permafrost, but as it thaws, the permafrost releases huge amounts of greenhouse gases which are one
of the major contributors to global warming. Not only is the ice vanishing, but we have seen record heat waves over
and over again, killing thousands of people, as each year joins the list of...
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