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Half of the glacial ice has melted in the Peruvian Andes

Half of the glacial ice has melted in the Peruvian Andes

White Peaks in the Tropics – This tourist attraction is also disappearing at an alarming rate because the Earth is rapidly warming. Half of Peru’s glaciers are now gone, and it’s not just the ice that’s being lost.

IIn the Peruvian Andes, glacial ice has decreased by more than half due to climate change. This was announced by the Ministry of Environment in Lima. According to the latest measurements, glaciers have retreated by 1,348 square kilometers since 1962, the National Institute for Glacier and Ecosystem Research said. Peru is home to the majority of the world’s tropical glaciers.

The institute said that the Pastoruri Glacier has lost more than 50 percent of its ice surface, and is one of the most affected mountains. “This process leads to the formation of new lakes,” she added. The 5,250-meter-high Pastoruri area in the northern Ancash region is one of the main attractions of mountain tourism in Peru.

In Peru, about seventy percent of the glaciers are in the tropics. “Tropical glaciers are of great importance and interest because they are excellent and sensitive indicators of climate change,” the institute said. At the same time, it is an important source of water for a large part of the population. A study of ice retreat was conducted in 20 mountain ranges with glaciers, located in 14 of the 25 provinces of Peru.

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