The Geographic Footprint of Glacier Change

See allHide authors and affiliations

Science  01 May 2009:
Vol. 324, Issue 5927, pp. 599-600
DOI: 10.1126/science.1172468

You are currently viewing the summary.

View Full Text

Log in to view the full text

Log in through your institution

Log in through your institution


Alpine glaciers leave spectacular records of climate change. Lakes, moraines, and other landforms shaped by past glacier advances and retreats dominate the foreground of nearly all mountain landscapes. These glacial deposits are rich records of past climate that are widespread, obvious, and easily accessible. In many regions without sedimentary or ice-core records, they are the only record of climate before instrumental records began. A report on page 622 of this issue by Schaefer et al. highlights the value of these glacial records in understanding past climate dynamics while also revealing their complexity (1).