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Thursday, April 17, 2008

Bolivar Peak Is Melting

Scientifics from the Venezuelan Institute for Scientific Investigation (IVIC) has said, according to a series of deep explorations that over the last 30 years, the Bolivar Peak (Pico Bolívar), the highest mountain in Venezuela has been melting.

The Pico Bolívar is the highest mountain in Venezuela, at 4,981 meters. Located in Mérida State, its top is permanently covered with Névé snow and three small glaciers. It can be reached by means of the Mérida Cable Car, the highest cable car in the world, which departs from the homonymous city. Pico Bolívar is named after the Venezuelan independence hero Simon Bolívar.

According to experts, 70% of Bolivar Peak has been affected by a de-glaciation, consequence of the Global Warming. The snow and the glaciers could disappear completely in about 15 years, said Carlos Ferrer, an investigator from ULA University.

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