A succession of heat waves last summer that caused heat-related deaths, dried up crops and depleted snowpack may have also accelerated the disappearance of Central Oregon glaciers.

Five glaciers that were already in danger of melting out may have thinned to the point where they no longer qualify as glaciers, according to Anders Carlson, president of the Oregon Glacier Institute. The glaciers are part of a group of 13 glaciers that remain in the Central Oregon Cascades.

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Michael Kohn has been public lands and environment reporter with The Bulletin since 2019. He enjoys hiking in the hills and forests near Bend with his family and exploring the state of Oregon.

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