Glaciers Disappearing in the Mountains of Africa


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Africa is not a continent one immediately associates with ice. Historically, however, there have been three mountains that, until recently, could proudly boast some of the world’s most majestic glacier,  Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania, Mount Kenya, and the Rwenzori Mountains bordering Uganda and the Democratic Republic of Congo, according to CNN News.

Rwenzori has been known as the “African Alps,” the “Mountains of the Moon” and the “snowy source of the Nile.” Much has been written about their snow-capped peaks, but a recent expedition has found that the glaciers that have for centuries captured imaginations will soon be history, according to NBC News.

 According to NBC News, Hardy recently led a two-week expedition to Rwenzori in conjunction with Uganda’s Makerere University Mountain Resource Center, Green Cross International and the World Youth Parliament for Water. His team set out to research the extent of the glaciers’ recession, and the impact it might have on the surrounding communities.

“It’s not like there’s a specific local cause that you could act on. It’s pretty much all of us, all over the world, creating carbon dioxide in the air.”