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Global Warming Not Behind Kilimanjaro Meltdown
It's bad science to use Africa’s Mount Kilimanjaro as a poster child for
global warming’s nefarious effects, two researchers say, pointing to other
mechanisms causing the melt of the tropical glacier at the mountain’s summit.
Kilimanjaro’s ice has been melting away for more than a century, and most of
that melt occurred before 1953, prior to the period where science begins to be
conclusive about atmospheric warming in that region, according to Philip Mote of
the University of Washington and Georg Kaser of the University of Innsbruck in
Also, as a tropical glacier, the processes governing ice melt on Kilimanjaro
(located in Tanzania) are different than those on other mid-latitude glaciers
located closer to the Earth’s poles.
These other mid-latitude glaciers become warmed and melted by surrounding air in
the summer, while the air around Kilimanjaro’s 19,340-foot peak (the tallest in
Africa) is generally well ...
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