Mount Kenya's Glaciers are Vanishing

Mount Kenya, Africa's second highest mountain and Kenya's tallest, is one of the country's water towers and a source of numerous rivers and streams that feed into the mighty Tana River -- Kenya's longest and the location of one of the country's largest water reservoirs, the Masinga Dam -- and the Ewaso Nyiro, which is the life line of the arid north.

Millions of people both upstream and downstream depend on the mountain for water.

The mountain's source of water has over the centuries been the several glaciers that begin at 15,000 feet above sea level, despite being right on the Equator.

The glaciers are fast disappearing and with an already announced drought alert in the region, their melting is expected to accelerate. Rivers and streams around the mountain have already been reported to have dried up.

In 1893, the famous British geologist Dr John W Gregory led the first scientific expedition up Mt Kenya but could not make it past the ice glaciers to reach the summit.

The mountain top was decked in ice and snow. He spent several hours at what later came to be known as the Lewis Glacier at 15,000 feet before descending.



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