17 Incredible Places That May Disappear Soon
Athabasca Glacier, Canada
One of the most visited glaciers in North America, the Athabasca in Jasper National Park is a part of the Columbia Icefield and covers an area of 2.3 square miles (six square kilometers).
The glacier has been melting for the past 125 years, with its southern edge receding by nearly a mile. According to a Canadian Partnership Initiative of the UN Water for Life Decade Parks Canada official, “Even with substantial snow years, the summers are warm enough and the fall is prolonged enough that all of that snow goes and we’re still losing five meters [16.4 feet].”