Bowman Lake stands at the feet of seemingly endless green forests in Glacier National Park.

Photograph by Colin Zumwalde, MyShot
  • On May 11, 1910, the U.S. Congress passed an act that established Glacier National Park, Montana, as the tenth national park in the country. National parks are created to preserve unique cultural or natural sites for the enjoyment of everyone.
    Glacier National Park is home to the Crown of the Continent Research Learning Center. The center studies the effects of climate change on glaciers in the park. Research has shown that the park’s glaciers have been shrinking, or retreating. In 1850, there were 150 glaciers in the area, and today there are only 25. Scientists predict that by 2030, Glacier National Park may lose all of its glaciers. 
  • Term Part of Speech Definition Encyclopedic Entry
    climate change Noun

    gradual changes in all the interconnected weather elements on our planet.

    Encyclopedic Entry: climate change
    Congress Noun

    legislative branch of the government, responsible for making laws. The U.S. Congress has two bodies, the House of Representatives and the Senate.

    glacial retreat Noun

    process by which glaciers melt faster than precipitation can replace the ice.

    national park Noun

    geographic area protected by the national government of a country.

    predict Verb

    to know the outcome of a situation in advance.

    preserve Verb

    to maintain and keep safe from damage.

    research Noun

    scientific observations and investigation into a subject, usually following the scientific method: observation, hypothesis, prediction, experimentation, analysis, and conclusion.

    unique Adjective

    one of a kind.