Sunday, November 10, 2013

Mt Kilimanjaro, Tanzania (zoom level 2)

At 19,336 feet, snow-capped Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania is Africa's highest peak. The vast ice fields of Kilimanjaro are melting at a faster pace than at any time over the past 100 years.

This is due more to land use than to global warming. Deforestation of the mountain's foothills is the more likely culprit. Without the forests'  humidity, previously moisture-laden winds blew dry. No longer replenished with water, the ice is evaporating in the strong equatorial sunshine.


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