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Kilimanjaro Glacier

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Kilimanjaro Glacier

There is no doubt that the Kilimanjaro ice cap is melting away—it’s the cause and the rate at which it’s melting that are uncertain. “One camp says it’s global warming but another says the temperatures at the Kilimanjaro glacier are never above freezing at the top,” says National Snow and Ice Data Center’s Richard Armstrong. Either way, don’t wait if you want to see the Kili the way Hemingway described it in The Snows of Kilimanjaro; since Papa penned his immortal story in 1936, the ice cap has shrunk by about 80 percent.

How to See It Now: On your ascent, help maintain weather equipment used by Kilimanjaro National Park employees to monitor the climate changes.

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