Why the Chacaltaya Glacier Melted?
They said the beautiful Chacaltaya in Bolivia is dead by now. The lesson learned from it should strengthen the action 350. This was once important tourism attraction in Bolivia.
However, this page is about this place once the highest skiing resorts in the world. Bolivian is certainly feeling sad because climate change has swept the glacier on Chacaltaya Mountain away. It was the best tourist attraction in the area.
Here are some lines about this tragedy, caused by the global climate change and cost Bolivia too much by losing one of its important income resources from the tourism industry.
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The once snow covered Chacaltaya Mountain rose to 5421 meters above sea level and the snow glowed under the moonlight above the Bolivian capital city of La Paz.
People of the area and visitors enjoyed zooming in into the beautiful sites views of La Paz, Lake Titicaca and the Andes from the top and had many insightful pleasures.
The glacier on the mountain was more than 18,000 years old, and its melt ice was an important source of water for 1.6 million inhabitants in La Paz and the neighbouring city of El Alto.
For decades, the Chacaltaya-glacier has also been a popular favourite destination for the middle class in the capital La Paz.
In addition, since the 1930s, Chacaltaya-Mountains range has been home to Bolivia's only ski resort and the world's highest lift served skiing area, from where one can see the famous Titicaca Lake. The lift operated on weekends from November to March because it was too cold to ski in winter.
In the dry winter period, the snow was too icy for safe skiing, so high season was in the South American summer, from November to March corresponding to the North American season.
Over the past 20 years, the Chacaltaya-glacier has lost more than 80% of its volume because of global warming. In addition, although the snow covered it several times a year before the last complete melt, these periods became shorter.
For the same reason, the once famous ski resort has gradually lost much of its appeal, and the old ski lift has slowly stopped.
Chacaltaya glacier of the Bolivian capital is just one of several small-scale glaciers in the tropical parts of the Andes mountain range, which have shrunk significantly, posing a serious threat to water supplies.
Because temperature increases continued, the Chacaltaya glacier completely disappeared from the earth's surface, taking with it an important part of Bolivian cultural and natural heritage as well as vital reserves of fresh water.
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