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Keyword: kilimanjaro

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  • Discovery of 1,800-year-old ‘Rosetta Stone’ for tropical ice cores

    04/04/2013 5:54:26 PM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 11 replies
    Watts Up With That? ^ | April 4, 2013 | by Anthony Watts
    > Will Lonnie Thompson archive THIS new ice core data? Posted on April 4, 2013 by Anthony Watts From the Ohio State University , taken with a grain of salt since Dr. Thompson and his wife Ellen are serial non archivers of ice core data (even when asked for it), which prevents other scientists from checking their work.Discovery of 1,800-year-old ‘Rosetta Stone’ for tropical ice coresFind offers the most complete picture of Earth’s low-latitude climate history to dateThis photo from a 1977 expedition to Quelccaya Ice Cap in Peru shows clearly defined annual layers of ice and dust visible in the...
  • African Ice Core Analysis Reveals Catastrophic Droughts, Shrinking Ice Fields, Civilization Shifts

    10/18/2002 7:41:36 AM PDT · by blam · 23 replies · 420+ views
    Science Daily ^ | 10-18-2002 | OSU
    African Ice Core Analysis Reveals Catastrophic Droughts, Shrinking Ice Fields, Civilization Shifts COLUMBUS, Ohio – A detailed analysis of six cores retrieved from the rapidly shrinking ice fields atop Tanzania's Mount Kilimanjaro shows that those tropical glaciers began to form about 11,700 years ago. The cores also yielded remarkable evidence of three catastrophic droughts that plagued the tropics 8,300, 5,200 and 4,000 years ago. Lastly, the analysis also supports Ohio State University researchers' prediction that these unique bodies of ice will disappear in the next two decades, the victims of global warming. These findings were published today in the journal...
  • Navratilova leaves hospital; she became ill during Kilimanjaro climb

    12/13/2010 3:33:02 AM PST · by SkyPilot · 18 replies
    CNN ^ | 12 Dec 10 | CNN Wire Staff
    (CNN) -- Martina Navratilova was released from a hospital in Kenya Sunday after undergoing treatment for high altitude sickness developed during a failed attempt to climb Mount Kilimanjaro. "I am feeling much better and really pleased to be going home," the retired tennis champion said as she left a Nairobi hospital, according to a news release. "It's great to know that the team have all returned safely from the mountain. I was so pleased to hear that so many of them made it to the summit despite the weather conditions." The 27 climbers in Navratilova's group reached the base of...
  • The melting snows of Kilimanjaro

    11/06/2009 12:38:06 AM PST · by neverdem · 16 replies · 1,294+ views
    Nature News ^ | 2 November 2009 | Brian Vastag
    Glaciers crowning Africa's tallest mountain could disappear within decades. Remnant of the Eastern Ice Field as seen 2000. This particular chunk of ice has now disappeared.Lonnie G. Thompson The snows of Kilimanjaro are rapidly disappearing and will be gone by 2033, predicts the most detailed analysis yet of the iconic glaciers gracing Africa's highest peak.In addition to shrinking in area, Kilimanjaro's glaciers are thinning from the top down, says Ohio State University's Lonnie Thompson, lead author of the new study. "They're being decapitated," he says. "In fact, they're probably not really glaciers anymore. They're remnants of another climate."In 2000, Thompson...
  • CLIMATE: Kilimanjaro killjoys

    06/15/2007 3:14:51 PM PDT · by Graybeard58 · 8 replies · 651+ views
    Waterbury Republican-American ^ | June 15, 2007 | Editorial
    Al Gore's so-called documentary, "An Inconvenient Truth," has been criticized most prominently and vociferously by global warmists for its many exaggerations and fabrications. The segment that asserts warming is driving polar bears to extinction was refuted by wildlife biologists and other scientists who say the bears are thriving in the northern latitudes where temperatures have risen by an average of 4 F since 1950. Now the film's lie about Mount Kilimanjaro's ice pack melting because of the buildup of greenhouse gases has been exposed. "Kilimanjaro is a grossly overused mis-example of the effects of climate change," said Philip Mote, a...
  • Kilimanjaro not a victim of climate change, UW scientist says

    06/12/2007 9:57:12 PM PDT · by TBP · 6 replies · 558+ views
    Seattle Times ^ | June 12, 2007 | Sandi Doughton
    The shrinking snowcap atop Mount Kilimanjaro has become an icon of global warming. Pictures of the African peak, which has lost 90 percent of its ice cover, were featured in Al Gore's documentary, "An Inconvenient Truth." Greenpeace activists once held a satellite news conference on the summit to sway participants in an international climate conference. But most scientists who study Kilimanjaro's glaciers have long been uneasy with the volcano's poster-child status.
  • The woes of Kilimanjaro: Don't blame global warming

    06/11/2007 5:23:18 PM PDT · by sionnsar · 16 replies · 1,055+ views
    UW News ^ | 6/11/2007 | Vince Stricherz
    The "snows" of Africa's Mount Kilimanjaro inspired the title of an iconic American short story, but now its dwindling icecap is being cited as proof for human-induced global warming. However, two researchers writing in the July-August edition of American Scientist magazine say global warming has nothing to do with the decline of Kilimanjaro's ice, and using the mountain in northern Tanzania as a "poster child" for climate change is simply inaccurate. "There are dozens, if not hundreds, of photos of midlatitude glaciers you could show where there is absolutely no question that they are declining in response to the warming...
  • Group warns mountains will lose ice caps (Mount Kilimanjaro and Mount Kenya , ~25 to 50 years)

    10/12/2006 6:47:01 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 27 replies · 694+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 10/12/06 | Malkhalid M. Muhumed - ap
    NAIROBI, Kenya - Africa's two highest mountains — Mount Kilimanjaro and Mount Kenya — will lose their ice cover within 25 to 50 years if deforestation and industrial pollution are not stopped, environmentalists warned Thursday. Kilimanjaro has already lost 82 percent of its ice cover over 80 years, said Fredrick Njau of the Kenyan Green Belt Movement. Mount Kenya, one of the few places near the equator with permanent glaciers, has lost 92 percent over the past 100 years. "This is a major issue because declining ice caps mean the water tap is effectively going to be turned off and...
  • New Paper On The Climate of Mount Kilimanjaro (inevitable, not by man)

    09/06/2006 12:09:16 PM PDT · by finnman69 · 4 replies · 483+ views
    Climate Science ^ | 9/6/06 | Roger Pielke Sr
    There is a new August 31, 2006 paper on the climate of Mount Kilimanjaro (Thanks to Timo Hämeranta and Koni Steffen for bringing this peer-reviewed contribution to my attention). The Geophysical Research Letters article is entitled “Kilimanjaro Glaciers: Recent areal extent from satellite data and new interpretation of observed 20th century retreat rates” (subscription required) and is authored by Nicolas J.Cullen, Thomas Mölg, Georg Kaser, Khalid Hussein, Konrad Steffen, and Douglas R. Hardy. The abstract of the paper reads, “Recent and long term variations in ice extent on Kilimanjaro are investigated in the context of 20th century climate change in...
  • American Family Vacation African Safari Spring 2006 Kenya and Zanzibar

    04/05/2006 1:16:28 PM PDT · by schwing_wifey · 17 replies · 731+ views
    Personal letters home to US friends and family | April 5th, 2006 | schwing_wifey
    American Family Vacation African Safari Spring 2006 Kenya and Zanzibar Seriously abridged version - April 5th, 2006 In my opinion, an African Safari has something for everybody. True, Mowgoli and I are big Animal Planet and Discovery Channel fans, but Dr. Livingston also enjoyed getting out and seeing everything from the animals to the beautiful sunsets. One of our safari books took the idea of making multiple visits to Africa, first to see the big game, then on following visits to pay more attention to the smaller animals, the birds, the plants, and the people. I disagree so I think...
  • Snows of Kilimanjaro Disappearing (faster rate reported)

    02/14/2006 9:24:36 AM PST · by cogitator · 37 replies · 774+ views
    TerraDaily ^ | 02/113/2006
    Five years after warning that the famed ice fields on Tanzania 's Mount Kilimanjaro may melt, Ohio State University researchers have sadly found that their prediction is coming true. And the impact of the loss of that ice atop Africa 's highest peak – disregarding the loss of tourism that will follow the vanishing ice – could add to the heavy drought burden already facing those living near that mountain. For Lonnie Thompson, professor of geological sciences, his third expedition to the summit of Kilimanjaro was all too much like visiting a sick friend in failing health. In 2002, Thompson...
  • Landslide on Kilimanjaro - 3 Killed

    01/04/2006 6:23:14 PM PST · by TyroneSlothrop · 16 replies · 668+ views
    Word of Mouth -- phone report from Appalachian Mountain Club
    There has been a landslide on Mt. Kilmanjaro. Two members of one tour group have been killed. One member of a second group was also killed. There have been other injuries.
  • The 20th-Century Wasting of Kilimanjaro's Ice Cap

    11/21/2004 8:48:16 AM PST · by PeaceBeWithYou · 11 replies · 796+ views
    CO2 Science Magazine ^ | November 17, 2004 | Staff
    ReferenceMolg, T. and Hardy, D.R.  2004.  Ablation and associated energy balance of a horizontal glacier surface on Kilimanjaro.  Journal of Geophysical Research 109: 10.1029/2003JD004338. BackgroundLike many other tropical glaciers, the ice field atop Kilimanjaro on the Tanzania-Kenya border in East Africa has retreated drastically throughout the 20th century, which retreat has prompted many people, including U.S. Senators John McCain and Hillary Clinton, to claim that its wasting away has been driven by 20th-century global warming (see our review of Kaser et al., 2004).What was doneTo further investigate this claim, Molg and Hardy derive an energy balance for the horizontal surface...
  • The Ice of Kilimanjaro

    11/29/2003 12:54:12 PM PST · by Dan Evans · 9 replies · 131+ views
    Still Waiting for Warming ^ | 28 Nov 03 | John Daly
    The Ice of Kilimanjaro (28 Nov 03)Not to be confused with the `snows' of Kilimanjaro (which still come and go with the weather), the ice is actually an ice cap on top of the 5,900 metre mountain in northern Tanzania close to the Equator. That ice cap has been steadily melting away all through the 20th century and is expected to be fully melted away within the next 20 years. Why has it been melting so relentlessly? The greenhouse industry say `global warming', but then they would say that.  The only problem with that knee-jerk  explanation is that there has been...
  • The Tarps of Kilimanjaro

    11/17/2003 6:04:07 AM PST · by OESY · 13 replies · 182+ views
    New York Times ^ | November 17, 2003 | OLIVER MORTON
    LONDON — The green-gold expanse of savanna; above it, the purple horizon-hiding haze; and above that, like a pyramid improbably suspended in the sky, the snows of Kilimanjaro. "Great, high and unbelievably white in the sun," as Hemingway wrote, the continent of Africa — some would say our planet itself — has hardly anything to show more fair. But the show could soon be over. The summit of Kilimanjaro is losing its ice so quickly that it could be barren dirt before the next decade is out. When the ice goes, it will take with it an irreplaceable 10-millennium record...
  • Astronomy Picture of the Day 3-07-03

    03/06/2003 10:25:28 PM PST · by petuniasevan · 19 replies · 321+ views
    NASA ^ | 3-07-03 | Robert Nemiroff and Jerry Bonnell
    Astronomy Picture of the Day Discover the cosmos! Each day a different image or photograph of our fascinating universe is featured , along with a brief explanation written by a professional astronomer. 2003 March 7 The Star Trails of Kilimanjaro Credit & Copyright: Dan Heller Explanation: The night had no moon, but the stars were out. And camped at 16,000 feet on Mt. Kilimanjaro, photographer Dan Heller recorded this marvelous 3 1/2 hour long exposure. Here the landscape is lit mostly by the stars. Flashlights give the tents an erie internal radiance while the greenish glow of distant city...
  • Ice Disappearing from Kilimanjaro? Let me guess. It's the all the pollution. NOT

    10/18/2002 2:29:24 PM PDT · by Yzerman · 11 replies · 376+ views
    MSNBC ASSOCIATED PRESS ^ | Oct. 17th, 2002 | ASSOCIATED PRESS
    Snows of Kilimanjaro gone by 2020? Researchers trace past and future of famed African ice fields The picture on the left shows Mount Kilimanjaro as seen from the space shuttle in November 1990. The picture on the right was taken by a shuttle crew in December 2000. The pictures show the retreat of glaciers over the course of a decade. ASSOCIATED PRESS WASHINGTON, Oct. 17 — The snow cap of Mount Kilimanjaro, famed in literature and beloved by tourists, first formed some 11,000 years ago but will be gone in two decades, according to researchers who say the ice fields...
  • Kilimanjaro's Ice Fields Are Melting Away

    10/18/2002 11:47:06 AM PDT · by cogitator · 59 replies · 1,472+ views
    Environmental News Service ^ | 10/17/2002 | Maria Godoy
    Kilimanjaro's Ice Fields Are Melting Away WASHINGTON, DC, October 17, 2002 (ENS) - Once described by author Ernest Hemingway to be "as wide as all the world," the ice fields atop Mount Kilimanjaro have now retreated to their lowest surface extent in the past 12,000 years and could vanish within the next two decades, new research suggests. The findings, based on the first ever climate history of Africa using ice core analysis, are all the more troubling, scientists say, because these glaciers provide one of the few archives of historical climate change in the tropics, where long ice core...