Friday 18 October 2002

Kilimanjaro's Glaciers Almost All Melted

Trust me when I tell you that there are few sights on this earth that can compare to Mount Kilimanjaro, there is a magic to it and indeed Africa itself which one can't easily describe to someone who hasn't seen it - if you've seen it you'll understand what I'm talking about. The snow capped crest rising out of the hot dry savannah is one of the things that makes it so amazing. Thanks very much Mr. Bush, Mr. Exxon and Mr. BP, you're taking away the only snow in Africa now. No, global warming really isn't a problem, is it Mr. Bush?? What part of our precious Earth will you destroy next, you WANKERS!

Kilimanjaro's already skimpy glaciers are melting so quickly that they will be gone by 2020, U.S. researchers reported on Thursday.

The researchers, who are racing to glean information from the unique glaciers on Africa's highest peak before they are completely gone, also said they had found evidence of three catastrophic droughts 8,300, 5,200 and 4,000 years ago.

They also determined that the glaciers began to form on top of the mountain, which rises from the savannas of Tanzania, 11,700 years ago.

"We found that the summit of the ice fields has lowered by at least 17 meters (nearly 56 feet) since 1962," Ohio State University professor Lonnie Thompson, who led the study, said in a statement.

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