In an article published 2/15 in the Journal of Geophysical Research, Dr. Udaysankar Nair found that Mt. Kilimanjaro’s glaciers, which are more then 12,000 years old, have dramatically shrunk in size over the last century. Not good news. From a blog post on the article in ScienceDaily:
At their maximum, the mountain’s glaciers and ice cap covered about 400 square kilometers and reached from the summit (19,298 feet above sea level) to the surrounding plain more than 9,000 feet below. About 16,000 years ago, during the most recent ice age, Kilimanjaro’s glaciers covered up to 150 square kilometers.
A tiny fraction of that ice cap still exists. Surveys in the 1880s estimated that glaciers covered about 20 square kilometers on the mountain. From 1912 to now, the glacier area on Kilimanjaro has decreased from 12 square kilometers to less than two.