Science loses out when ice caps melt

Tropical glaciers are vanishing at an especially rapid pace—and taking valuable climate records with them.

By Susan Gaidos, 00:00 AM February 2, 2009

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

At left is Peru’s Qori Kalis glacier in 1978, when it was still healthy. At right is the much-reduced glacier in 2000. A lake of meltwater now occupies what 22 years earlier had been a deep field of flowing ice.

 

At left is Peru’s Qori Kalis glacier in 1978, when it was still healthy. At right is the much-reduced glacier in 2000. A lake of meltwater now occupies what 22 years earlier had been a deep field of flowing ice.

 

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It’s hard to imagine a mountain range without snow-covered peaks. But that may soon be the case in countries in or near the tropics. Studies show that the ice that sits atop the world’s highest mountains is vanishing at an alarming rate. That trend threat...

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