By JR on Friday, September 16, 2011
"When science is not on your side, photo fakery will do." - Nat. Geo's new motto?
The sort of persuasive pretty picture we have come to expect from NG below:
1). We read here that the observed retreat has been going on for 500 years! Since 1500 AD - when the highest technology was black gunpowder firearms: "The glacier has also receded 1.75 miles (2.82 km) since 1958, when Mendenhall Lake was created, and over 2.5 miles (4.0 km) since 1500."
2). Note that the 1894 photo was taken in winter (snow on cliffs) & the 2008 one in summer (lake not frozen)
They conveniently covered up the fact that much of the visible glacier was gone by 1937 (lake not frozen in photo), when the demon CO2 levels were lower.
Current winter photo
The color photo is actually what the glacier really looks like recently - IN WINTER with the lake frozen over - which looks more frozen that the 1894 winter photo....
August 2003 photo
Finally a better 2003 photo showing the enormous mass of the glacier face