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Glacier National Park  Help us #ProtectGlacier and check out our social media webpage!

Wondering what happened here?
Alarming as it appears, it is neither a crime scene nor the result of a predator-prey interaction. It is, in fact, a puddle of melted Watermelon Snow. 🍉
Some of you may have observed snow fields with a pink cast in your backcountry travels. Watermelon snow is caused by Chlamydomonas nivalis, an algae high in carotenoids that give it a red pigment.
Although watermelon snow is reported to smell or even taste faintly of watermelon, it is also reported to have a laxative effect. Eating it is not recommended, nor is drinking unfiltered or untreated water from any source in the park.
Planning on taking a backcountry trip in Glacier? We want to know where you’re going! Let us know in the comments below. ⬇️
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The principles of Leave No Trace are not a black and white list of rules or regulations. Rather, Leave No Trace is a way of thinking, an attitude, and an ethic, that helps us reduce our footprint on the places we love.
These principles include:
1. Plan Ahead and Prepare 🗺
2. Stay on Durable Surfaces ⛺️
3. Dispose of Waste Properly ♻️
4. Leave What You Find 🔎
5. Minimize Campfire Impacts 🔥
6. Respect Wildlife 🐻
7. Be Considerate of Other Visitors ✌🏼
8. Reduce the Impact of Social Media 📴
Why are these principles important to keep in mind as you explore your public lands? Have you seen people ignore or follow these principles? Do you say anything?
Let us know how you incorporate Leave No Trace into your life in the comments!
#LeaveNoTrace #glaciernps #glaciernationalpark #protectglacier #glacierlove #publiclands. @leavenotracecenter

The fossil resources that are preserved in Glacier give a glimpse into the beginning of life on our planet. Some of the best known fossils are found on the east side of the park in the Altyn Formation, which is composed of nearly 1.5 billion year old limestone and dolomite. Here we find massive beds of stromatolites, which are rock-hard buildups of bacterial mats.

Sometimes referred to as "sliced cabbage", stromatolites formed in the bottoms of shallow, warm seas and are responsible, through photosynthesis, for the oxygen rich atmosphere we live in today. Even now, similar living stromatolites are known from tidal channel in the Exuma Cays, Bahamas, and in Australia's Hamelin Pool at Shark Bay.

There are numerous other precambrian rocks that contain stromatolites throughout the park. The wide range and excellent preservation of stromatolites in the park offer numerous opportunities for research and education on the evolution of early life forms.

Pictured here is Grinnell Glacier, and the next photo is a close up of some stromatolites found nearby.
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What to expect when you visit Glacier National Park in the summer:

Crowds! Nearly 3 million people visited in 2018, and most came in the months of July and August. Be sure to bring patience and understanding with you when you come.
Wildlife! It is difficult to visit Glacier and not see any wildlife. So be prepared to be safe and responsible. Buy or rent bear spray (and know how to use it!) and bring a long lens for your camera (so you can stay at least 25 yards from all wildlife, and 100 yards from all bears). Traffic! Going-to-the-Sun road is a spectacular drive through the park - but everyone wants to experience that. Consider taking a red bus tour, or a Sun Tours bus, or a free shuttle along GTSR instead of driving your own car. This will allow you to soak in the views and not worry about parking!

Weather! With over a million acres of land spanning elevations from 3,000 to 10,000 feet… the weather changes quickly around here. Be prepared with layers and hats, even if the forecast predicts 85 degrees and sunny. Wind and surprise mountain storms can change that.

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Whether you’re a first-time visitor of Glacier National Park, or a 100th time visitor… it’s a pretty good idea to plan your trip before you enter the park.

With no cell reception in most areas, it can be difficult to research things to do once you’re here. Use your time now to plan your hikes, drives, and lodging, and you will have more time to relax and enjoy your trip.

It is recommended that you plan multiple activities for each day you visit, as parking lots and campgrounds fill up fast in the summer. Having more than one trail or campground choice will help you have the best experience possible.

As your trip approaches, you can check our website for trail and road closures, as well as live parking lot and campground fill statuses.

What is the top priority for your trip to Glacier this year? Let us know!

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Glacier National Park holds a remarkable glaciated landscape within its boundaries.The park had over 100 glaciers when it was established in 1910, but by 1966, only 35 named glaciers remained. In 2015, only 26 met the size criteria to be designated active glaciers.
Can you imagine Glacier National Park… without any glaciers?
Snow avalanches, ice flow dynamics, and variations in ice thickness cause some glaciers to shrink faster than others, but one thing is consistent: all the glaciers have receded since 1966.
Recording data on the terminus of the glaciers found in the park is a critical component of understanding the impacts of global climate change. These scientists are using GPS units to record precise locations of the edges of Grinnell Glacier.
Have you seen a glacier in GNP? Tell us which one in the comments below! ⬇️
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Plowing update for April 11th:
Spring plowing crews on the Going-to-the-Sun Road have reached Swede Point and Sunrift Gorge... and we have the first photos of the 2019 plowing season for you to see! ❄️
These photos are from the morning of April 11th, 2019.

Please note: due to a park-wide pavement preservation project, the upper portions of the road will not be open before June 22nd, but can open anytime after. Information on park road statue is available at:
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Don’t let the snow fool you, spring has come to Glacier! The promise of warmer weather has stirred some of our wildlife and allowed migratory songbirds like the Robin and Varied Thrush to return. However, some of our residents have stayed active all winter long, our Education Team!
Despite facing one of the coldest winters on record in the Flathead Valley, local students braved sub-zero temperatures to explore the park all season long. Armed with warm layers, students from 1st to 12th grade left their classrooms behind for the day to experience a Glacier winter firsthand. Outfitted with snowshoes, students examined the formation of snow, learned about the strategies plants and animals use to survive the harsh conditions, and studied the quality of our snowpack like snow scientists. ❄️
The snow may be melting, yet winter will leave a lasting impression. Both on life here as it emerges from under its snowy blanket, and on those who choose to visit during winter. While it's usually quiet, often cold, and occasionally inaccessible, Glacier in the winter is always an experience to remember!
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Take only photos, leave only footprints. 🥾

This famous phrase is well known within the outdoor community. It is an eloquent and concise way to plug the general principle of #LeaveNoTrace. But sometimes, even taking only photos and leaving only footprints can be harmful to the park.

Social media has a bigger impact on wild places than you might think. Behaviors, that alone have very little impact on the environment, are spread and amplified on social media. Each and every photo and message posted on social media has the power to impact someone else’s trip, and in turn, the park itself.

So what can you do to make sure you are spreading good messages and representing Glacier in a positive way? It’s all about being conscientious.

Be mindful of what your images portray. Do you really want to share illegal or unsafe behavior?

Share locations thoughtfully. Avoid giving directions to sensitive areas off-trail.

Encourage positive behavior! Posting about conservation, leave no trace, and safety helps spread and support the mission of the #NationalParkService. If you post a message like this and tag #ProtectGlacier, we may feature you!

Learn more about Leave No Trace and how to reduce the impact of social media on our webpage, linked in our story.

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What is a glacier, and why are they so special?
Glaciers are masses of snow and ice that are so big they move under the influence of gravity. They grow when snow accumulation exceeds summer melting, and they retreat when melting outpaces snowfall. This slow movement of ice carves beautiful valleys and mountains, and creates alpine lakes and moraines - all of which can be seen in the park. 🏔
The minimum size criterion for a glacier is 0.1 km², or about 25 acres. Below this size, the accumulated ice generally does not move and is stagnant. Pictured here is Sperry Glacier - once covering 331 acres, it now spans only 198.
The park had over 100 glaciers when it was established in 1910, but by 1966, 35 glaciers remained. In 2015, only 26 named glaciers met the size criteria to be designated active glaciers. Today, they are all melting.

What glaciers/evidence of glaciers have you seen in the park? Let us know in the comments! ⬇️
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If you are planning a trip to Glacier and counting down the days… you are among millions of others. In 2018, Glacier saw nearly 3 million visitors (‼️), most of which were in the park between June and August. Even with over 1,500 square miles of land and 700 miles of hiking trails, congestion and crowds are a daily occurrence.
While it is very possible to get away from the crowds by exploring some of the less-popular trails, there is only one Going-to-the-Sun road. Since it is quite possibly the most beautiful drive in the country (we’re biased, though), it gets incredibly busy incredibly quickly. If you plan on driving the road, be sure to know all regulations and vehicle restrictions before you come. Certain portions of the road include tight turns on cliff edges, so vehicles longer than 21 feet are not allowed. ⛔️
If you want to experience the beauty of the road without driving, consider using our free shuttle service!
Please note that due to a park-wide pavement preservation project, the road will not be open before June 22nd this year.
For more information on Going-to-the-Sun road, visit our webpage, under “plan your visit”.
#GlacierNationalPark #GoingtotheSun #NationalParkService

Ever wonder what the number one danger to visitors in the park is? (It’s not 🐻!) It’s water.
Water is the biggest cause of fatalities in the park, and these deaths are often associated with falling.
Swift, cold glacial streams and rivers, moss-covered rocks, and slippery logs all present dangers. Children, photographers, boaters, rafters, swimmers, and fishermen have fallen victim to these rapid, frigid streams and deep glacial lakes. Avoid wading in or fording swift streams, and never walk, play, or climb on slippery rocks and logs, especially around waterfalls.
Seeing the water features in Glacier National Park can be some of the most rewarding experiences. But to keep those experiences positive and to make incredible memories, first you need to stay safe.
You can find more info on how to stay safe in Glacier on our webpage under the “safety” tab.
#watersafety #glaciernationalpark #staysafe #nps

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