Columbia Glacier, Alaska

The Columbia Glacier in Alaska is one of the fastest retreating glaciers in the world with a speed of 98 feet a day recorded in 2001. You can see this concerning and rapid retreat (i.e. shrinking) over the last 35 years in this video created by NASA:

While there’s plenty of debate as to how much climate change is impacting the rapid change in this glacier, it seems likely climate change has certainly sped up or even started the process.

The Columbia Glacier serves as an amazing, albeit deeply concerning, an example of how our daily habits over enough time can literally shift glaciers. It’s easy to forget or simply be ignorant to our deep connection with nature but watching a 386 miĀ² move more than 90 feet in a day is a sobering reminder of how literally everything in our world is connected.