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Latino Daily News

Thursday February 24, 2011

Peru’s Glaciers Disappearing at Rapid Pace, Threat to Fresh Water Source

Peru’s Glaciers Disappearing at Rapid Pace, Threat to Fresh Water Source

Photo: Huaytapallana Mountiain range in Peru

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In just 23 years Peru’s majesty Huaytapallana Mountain range has lost half of its glacier ice surface which will translate into limitation on fresh water resources.  The glacier loss is more than was expected and is more than any other findings have identified.

Scientist who are studying the mountain’s jagged glacier blame global warming caused by climate change for the rapid deteriotation.  Huaytapallana is the main source of fresh water for agriculture and water consumption in the region. 

Huaytapallana is part of what is recognized as the “Roof of the Americas” where a lot of glaciers are located.  They are studied to see what changes are happening to all glaciers in the world. 

Back in 2009 a study predicted that in 35 years 22 percent of Peru’s glaciers would be gone now two years later 50 percent of the ice surface on a key mountain is already gone.  If the trend continues and nothing is done all these snow caps in Peru will disappear in 20 years.