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Glacier retreat will affect salmon habitat

Pitman et al. (2020). BioScience 70:220-36.

Seasonal flow of glacial meltwater influences the hydrologic cycles and structures of freshwater systems throughout western North America, including virtually all the watersheds used by Pacific salmon for reproduction and early development. However, glaciers in the western US and Canada are vanishing quickly due to anthropogenic climate warming.

Despite the magnitude and rapidity of expected future glacier loss, the effects on freshwater salmon habitats have received surprisingly little attention. Read on.

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