Wednesday, February 11, 2009

The Kilimanjaro’s Ice Cap

Mount Kilimanjaro, Africa's highest peak (5,895m) has been called “The Shining Mountain”. Kilimanjaro has long famed for its shiny bright snow cap.

However, some scientists say Kilimanjaro’s peak may soon shine no more. Kilimanjaro’s ice fields could be gone by the year 2020.

Furthermore, United Nations’ Environment Program (UNEP) also has warned that the iconic white glacier covers the rooftop might vanish forever in two decades as a result of global warming.

There are other reports suggesting that the diminishing snow is not solely caused by global warming, but it’s probably undeniable that human activities are contributing to the shrink one way or the other.

The shrinking snow cap is contributing to the local tourism though… many tourists are flocking to the mountain fearing that they might not have the chance to see the snow of Kilimanjaro in future.

Ironically the influx of tourists might hasten the melt.

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