Glacier National Park BY:Taylor thurmond

Introduction

  • Located in West Glacier,Montana
  • Founders were The Blackfeet Indians also along with the Salish Indians and many others.
  • The national park covers over 1 million acres which includes over 175 mountains,762 lakes,563 streams, and 25 glaciers,also includes over 745 miles for hiking.

Funding Sources

  • The Glacier National Park Fund (which was formed in 1999) is an organization whose main goal is to raise money to support the demands of the Glacier National Park, located in West Glacier, Montana. According to the National Park Service, the Glacier National Park Fund supports park projects, programs, and services in four areas: to preserve the park experience, to provide curriculum-based instruction, to research the park ecosystem, and to prepare for the 2010 Centennial year of the park.The Glacier National Park Fund provided funds for different studies. In July 2007, The Glacier National Park Fund funded a study involving human and bear aversion techniques.[2] Also, in 2009, The Glacier National Park Fund granted $10,000 to enable biologists to learn more about the Bighorn Sheep that inhabit Glacier National Park.
  • The Glacier National Park has been in the top 10 of most visited National Parks for 8 years straight now,the number in 2014 alone is roughly around 3 million,

Climate and Geography

  • Even though the Ice Age glaciers are gone, the results of their passing are still there on the landscape. Massive u-shaped valleys, numerous lakes,horns, cols, moraines, and aretes are but a few of the glacially carved land forms that contribute to the beauty of Glacier National Park.
  • The wind often blows exposed areas clear of snow even during the harshest of winters, providing excellent winter range for ungulates. Precipitation distribution is quite variable and is much higher in the upper elevations. Annual average precipitation at Headquarters near West Glacier is 29 inches (74 cm.).

Landforms

  • Over 1800 square miles (4660 sq. km) of the rugged Rocky Mountains are found within the boundaries of Waterton-Glacier International Peace Park. Two mountain ranges, the Livingston and the more easterly Lewis Range trend from northwest to southeast through Glacier. The Continental Divide follows the crest of the Lewis Range. Elevation varies from a low of 3150 feet (960 m) at the junction of the Middle and North Forks of the Flathead River (near the Lake McDonald valley to a high of 10,466 feet (3192 m) on Mt. Cleveland. There are 6 peaks over 10,000 feet (3050 m) and 32 peaks over 9100 feet (2770 m) found in Glacier National Park. The impressive mountains and valleys within the park are the result of approximately 1.6 billion years of earth history and a number of geologic processes, including, erosion, sediment deposition, uplift and thrust faulting and glaciation Waterton-Glacier is a geologic park.

Wildlife and Vegetation

  • Mammals include bats,bighorn sheep,elk,lynx,wolverines.There are very few reptiles only a few snakes and some turtles.Of course there are many insects like butterflies and beetles.
  • As the meeting ground of four major floristic provinces, Glacier's ecosystem supports a diverse array of plant species and plant communities. Many species and plant communities reach the edge of their range here. Glacier Park has 30 species that are "endemic" to the region, those with ranges limited exclusively to the northern Rocky Mountains. All but one of these occur in cold, open areas characteristic of harsh, post-glacial environments. Many are relics of the post-glacial age or occur here because the diverse combination of environmental conditions create unique micro-habitats. Three major North American watersheds arise from Glacier National Park (Arctic, Atlantic and Pacific). Two climate zones (Pacific Maritime and Prairie/Arctic) are separated by the Continental Divide. Biomes range from the lower elevation pacific cedar-hemlock forest to the high alpine tundra. Plant varieties change somewhat north to south as well because the north half of the park is in the rainshadow of the Whitefish Range. The cedar-hemlocks give way to drier Douglas fir and lodgepole pine forests in the North Fork, Flathead River drainage.

Present day park

  • Glacier National Park preserves more than a million acres of forests, alpine meadows and lakes with habitat for a wide variety of plant and animal life, including one of the largest remaining grizzly bear populations in the lower 48 states. Its spectacular glaciated landscape is a hikers' paradise, offering 700 miles of maintained trails that lead deep into one of the largest intact ecosystems in the lower 48 states.
  • The park really doesn't have any specific plans for the future.They have created a new slogan for the remainder of the years "Come see them before they go" talking about the glaciers.Many scientists have predicted that all of the glaciers will have been melted by 2030

Credits:

Created with images by Loco Steve - "Two Medicine Lake Glacier National Park Montana" • subarcticmike - "Shadow of the Wolf" • Rick McCharles - "Glacier National Park maps" • alans1948 - "Northern Cascades" • Jorge Lascar - "Los Glaciares National Park" • skeeze - "lake mcdonald landscape sunset" • AlaskaNPS - "Bear Glacier, Kenai Fjords National Park" • Paxson Woelber - "Glacier in the Kenai Fjords. Kenai Fjords National Park, Alaska"

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