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1. Posted by mim (Travel Guru 1276 posts) 11y

Has anyone else heard about Kils snow cap melting,
It was one of the first really amazing sites of my travelling life, the news was pretty depressing.

m

2. Posted by GregW (Travel Guru 2635 posts) 11y

Someone was asking me about this last night. I never made it all the way up to the top, so I didn't get to see the icecap on top of the mountain, except from a distance. It certainly has shrunk since the time Europeans first saw it.

It is, according to leading scientists, an indication of the impact of global warming on the planet. You can read more about it here.

I can attest to there being snow on Kilimanjaro, though. The day I was brought down the mountain, we woke up to an inch of snow on the ground, and the nearby small lake frozen over. Brrr, it was cold!

Greg

3. Posted by areinstein (Travel Guru 2788 posts) 11y

Wow, this is depressing for me to hear too! I was hoping to see that next year as part of my hiking trip

4. Posted by Sam I Am (Admin 5588 posts) 11y

I saw a '5 years ago' shot and a 'this years' shot next to each other in the newspaper a few weeks ago. It was sad to see I have to say....

5. Posted by Cupcake (Travel Guru 8468 posts) 11y

I don't know if you guys have the Travel channel where you are, but they had a special on this...I think last fall...very depressing indeed :(

http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2003/09/0923_030923_kilimanjaroglaciers.html
(Good photos)

http://www.waterconserve.info/articles/reader.asp?linkid=16876
(older, but interesting)

http://www.spacedaily.com/news/iceage-05i.html
(this is the lastest news I could find)

6. Posted by areinstein (Travel Guru 2788 posts) 11y

That was some interesting reading Joz...sounds like I need to hurry up and make it to the top as soon as possible. I dont want to miss what is left of it.

7. Posted by mim (Travel Guru 1276 posts) 11y

I hear about these things all the time doing what I do, sometimes things really get on top of me, the way things are going looks like I'm gonna have a lot to think about over the next few years of my life, beautiful antarctic shelfs thawing, warm currents changing habitats, coral reefs destroyed...That doesn't even touch on the rest. I go through life day by day doing my thing and then something jolts you and reminds you of the bigger picture,

what a world, what a race