The tropical glaciers found on top of mountains and earth is the main factors of beauty. These are mainly the ice formations on the high altitude of mountains that are close to the earth’s equator. But surprisingly, the glacier on Mount is melting away on the grounds of adverse climatic problems. It is mainly due to warm air and humidity that the glaciers are melting fast, and it is not desired. So, time is actually running out for the travellers to witness the next-level beauty of Furtwangler Glacier, one of the largest glacier options near Mount Kilimanjaro.

Glacier in Kilimanjaro      

It is mainly the bright colour of ice that reflects the sun’s heat at such a high peak, and the overall picture enhances the beauty of the place. It is the rocks near the glacier that results in meltdown fast. If the ice at the base of the glacier melts fast, the tip of the glacier will become unstable over time. The process would continue as the ice continues to melt, and it would break apart slowly. In addition to this, the sun’s heat is responsible for the melting of the glacier and damage of an unbeatable history up there, near the peaks of Mount Kilimanjaro.

Important facts about the melting of a glacier in Kilimanjaro      

As per sources, it can be estimated that between 2030 and 2060, the glacier would meltdown. The glacier is increasingly melting over the few years and would continue with these in the coming years. Due to this, the ice fields are also exposed, and the glaciers are melting. The recent photos of the glaciers are evidence of the melting rate. The travellers take a picture and share it as much as possible and make others aware of the impending loss due to climatic effects.

Important facts about the melting of a glacier in Kilimanjaro    

List of glaciers in Kilimanjaro

  • Rebmann Glacier – It is located near Southern Icefield, and the famous glacier has been found by a German explorer back in 1848
  • Furtwangler Glacier – It is the largest glacier option with its extinction by 2030, where one climber successfully reached the top on 1912
  • Arrow Glacier – This glacier is renamed on the remnant of ‘Little Barranco Glacier’ along the Lemosho route
  • Credner glacier – It is located near the Northern Ice field, and it is considered one of the largest in Kilimanjaro that is disappearing fast

Details of tracking of the glacier

Details of tracking of the glacier

The glaciers are disappearing fast depending on mapping the ice field near Kilimanjaro, including recorded observations during the 1990s. Though the ice would recede over centuries, ice melting has become fast and is mainly a record of 1912 and 1953. From 1989 till 2007, the rate of decrease doubled by almost 2.5%, and it is mainly due to change in climatic conditions.

The main reasons for the melting of the glacier are strong sun rays at the equator, and the weather is consistent there. It indicates that the glaciers are vulnerable due to natural elements. Before the past decades, the snow and ice field protected the snow glacier from melting.

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