Melting of Andean Glaciers Could Cause a Continental Water Crisis in South America

January 23, 2013 by  
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According to a study published in the journal Cryosphere , glaciers in the tropical Andes have shrunk by a whopping 30 to 50 percent since the 1970s.The researchers report that the glaciers are retreating at their fastest rate in the last 300 years as a consequence of global warming , and that at the current rate ice sheets at lower altitudes may completely disappear — which could cause water shortages in communities across South America. Read the rest of Melting of Andean Glaciers Could Cause a Continental Water Crisis in South America Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Andes glaciers , Andes melting , Chacaltaya glacier , Climate Change , Cryosphere , global warming , ice sheet melting , ice sheets , ice sheets melting , scientific study , South America glaciers , South America water shortage

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Melting of Andean Glaciers Could Cause a Continental Water Crisis in South America

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