|Glacial Disappearance Forecast|
Alpine glaciers worldwide are retreating, and some will disappear in coming decades. Because the behavior of glaciers results directly from local weather conditions, they are considered reliable gauges of climate change and are undergoing intense scrutiny. Often lost in the midst of this scientific examination is the fact that glaciers also serve practical purposes. They are vital sources of fresh water, and their disappearance can have devastating local economic and environmental effects.
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