Thursday, January 22, 2015

Glaciers of Kilimanjaro

Glacier on Kilimanjaro from amusingplanet.

In the past century, the snows atop Mount Kilimanjaro, on the Kenya-Tanzania border, have receded dramatically. Africa's tallest mountain is a stratovolcano, and Kibo, its highest peak, is dormant but not extinct. In the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries, glaciers reached the treeline.

The black volcanic rock absorbs heat, causing Kili's glaciers to melt and refreeze, and creating overhangs and other dramatic ice formations. 

Right: Furtwangler glacier 

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