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Event Details

Glacier Melting event report

Category: Glacier Melting
Observation: 07.09.2010
Continent: South-America
Country: Peru
State: Province of La Union
Area: Coropuna glacier
Severity: Hight
Event details
The glacier of the Coropuna snow peak, located in the Arequipa province of La Union, has reduced by approximately 50 percent during the last 20 years. Edwin Guzmán, executive director of the nongovernmental organization Labor, told Andina news agency that studies conducted at the glacier show only 34 miles of glacier, where it used to stretch 74 miles long. Labor is doing investigations on the effects of global warming in Peru's southern Andes. In the case of Arequipa, the research has lasted for two years, and has focused on Coropuna because it is the third highest snow peak in the country at 21,139 feet high. Guzmán warns that this situation is likely to affect the agriculture in the provinces of Condesuyos, and the highlands of Castilla.
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