Glacier Melting

By: Collin Simpson

Water for life paragraph.

All humans and animals need water to survive. A large percentage of of the earth is made up of water. Most of the earths water is salt water, but it cannot be used to drink. The salt content is harmful to humans if ingested. Fresh water makes up a mere 2% of all water on earth. Of that 2% most of it is inaccessible to humans because it is in a frozen state and out of reach. Fresh water is mostly used to grow food to feed the worlds population. Smaller amounts are used for industrial process and basic household needs. As earth's population increases, the demand for fresh water also increases. A higher population needs more food, water and other basic necessities are needed for survival. Most of the fresh water is being overused and contaminate. We waste a lot of water. Water sources are being polluted by human waste and other harmful chemicals. In some places the world water pollution can cause severe illness or even death. Burning fossil fuels can have a major effect on the environment. Chemicals released into the atmosphere can lead to global warming. This can cause dangerous weather extremes such as flooding, and storm droughts which can diminish water sources. In some places global warming is causing droughts which may result in losses of animal and human life. Some countries are fighting over water sources, and the rights to those sources. According to stuart kallen “The availability and control of freshwater supplies are issues poised to define life in the twenty-first century”, if we continue to waste water, we will no longer exist.

Background Information About Glacier Melting

Humans have been burning fossil fuels for years without even knowing what was happening behind the scene. When you burn fossil fuels it releases green house gasses, green house gasses warm the world. This in turn melts the glaciers by making the climate warmer.

The worlds glaciers are melting.

Because of humans our precious glaciers are melting. Humans burn fossil fuels that warm the world up my making green house gasses. People burn fossil fuels in everyday life. Like when we drive cars, and grill some fish.

The effects of burning fossil fuels.

The green house gasses warm up the world and melt the glaciers and lots of ice in general. This effects most icy areas. Their has also been so much melting that the ocean level has risen.

Possible solutions the this problem

There is only one possible solution that i found. It is to stop burning fossil fuels and make an alternative. That is the only way that i found in my research.
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This i a photo of a chunk of a glacier falling off of its original glacier.

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This is a comparison of what this glacier looked like before and after.

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This is a graph of glaciers mass over the course of 40 years.