Faculty Advisor

Crusberg, Theodore C.


As a result of global warming, glaciers around the world have been retreating substantially over the past century. This paper focuses upon how this will affect the ecosystems of the Colorado River Basin. By examining similar situations worldwide the relevant information has been applied to creating a scenario showing what the author feels is the most likely result of near total glacial retreat in the Colorado River Basin. Specifically, certain animals and plants will likely vanish from the affected areas, while others will obtain further territory. Increased natural disasters such as flash floods and earthquakes will likely occur for a time, and droughts throughout the Western United States will increase substantially in their severity.


Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Date Accepted

March 2009

Project Type

Interactive Qualifying Project



Advisor Department

Biology and Biotechnology