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"Ive been watching the glacier for more than 20 years and Ive seen it in worse shape," says DeJong.
But according to Slaymaker, Horstman Glacier is not studied as carefully as it should be, especially since it sees year-round use.
"There is a need for more careful measurement," he says, noting that two of his graduate students are studying two other Whistler-area glaciers Fitzsimmons and Joffre this summer. "Were not totally sure whats going on."
DeJong and Slaymaker both sum up the local debate slowly but surely, just like the glaciers theyre talking about.
"Were all in this together," DeJong says.
"Its rather simple, but its important," concludes Slaymaker. "Its all interconnected."