This is the first time something of this stature has happened and people are freaking out! River piracy has struck hard this time.
River piracy is where one river’s flow is consumed by another. Normally this takes thousands of years, however, somehow this time it only took 4 days! The river I am going on about is the Slims River fed by Canada’s Kashawulsh Glacier. The end of this river is likely to be permanent according to researchers.
“Geologists have seen river piracy, but nobody to our knowledge has documented it happening in our lifetimes,”
Shugar and his team traveled to the Slims River last August and when they arrived they found the river to be nothing more than a long skinny lake. There was hardly any flow of water at all. He said that day by day it was apparent the water level was dropping. The levels dropped sharply between May 20-29th of 2016. With the glacier retreating in recent years due to global warming it seems an intense melting changed the flow of the water leading it southwards instead of where it would usually go.
This meaning instead of running into the lake the water runs to in a South-East direction and at some point meets the Pacific Ocean. This is the first time river piracy has happened so quickly and with climate change happening as rapidly as it is it will without a doubt not be the last. Things like this will happen many more times over.
This event should serve as a reminder that global warming is very real and it will change the way we live completely as it progresses. Sure, this may not seem like a big deal but it is! This is not something to be ignored. For more on this please watch the video below.