Bolivia's Glaciers Are Disappearing At An Alarming Rate | 50% Loss Since The 1970s

Bolivia's Glaciers Are Disappearing At An Alarming Rate | 50% Loss Since The 1970s

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Bolivia's Glaciers Are Disappearing At An Alarming Rate | 50% Loss Since The 1970s

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For thousands of years, the glaciers of Bolivia have been considered sacred. Their snow peaked summits rising toward the sky reaching toward the sun.

They provide some of the world’s most breathtaking scenery, amazing ski descents and something even more precious, water vital to the millions who live in the valleys and cities below. But soon they will all be gone.

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Bolivia: Andes glaciers are melting fast

“Glaciers in the Andes have shrunk by up to 50 per cent since the 1970s, and some could disappear altogether, a study warns.

Researchers from France and Bolivia examined about half of all Andean glaciers and blamed an average temperature rise of 0.7C between 1950 and 1994 for the retreat. The glaciers, a source of water for tens of millions of people, are believed to be melting at their fastest rate for 300 years.

Smaller glaciers below 5,400m have lost around 1.35m in thickness each year since the late 1970s, twice the rate of the bigger, high-altitude glaciers, and could melt completely in the coming decades, according to the study, published in The Cryosphere.” –  independent.co.uk

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