Thursday, 16 February 2012

Global Warming in Bolivia


Concerning the Global Warming issue , Bolivia Post released the stamp set which composed of 2 postage stamp depicted  Nevado Chacaltaya on 20 April 2010. The Chacaltaya glacier has melted due to the effect of Global Warming.
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Chacaltaya is a mountain in the Cordillera Real, one of the mountain ranges of the Cordillera Oriental, itself a range of the Bolivian Andes. Its elevation is 5,421 meters.
 
 
Nevado Chacaltaya, with a latitude of -16.33 (16° 19' 60 S) and a longitude of -68.13 (68° 7' 60 W), is a hypsographic (mountain) located in the area / state of La Paz in Bolivia that is a part of South America. A 100 square km area around Nevado Chacaltaya has an aproximate population of 815160 (0.008152 persons per square meter) and an average elevation of 3695 meters above the sea.
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Scientists at the Mount Chacaltaya Laboratory started measuring the Chacaltaya glacier in the 1990s. Predicted at that time to survive until 2015, the Chacaltaya glacier has melted at a much faster rate than expected. The 18,000 year old glacier has been reduced in recent years to just a few small patches of ice and snow near the top of the mountain.
The final meltdown after 1980, due to missing precipitation and the warm phase of El Niňo, resulted in its final disappearance in 2009. (It is taken from: Painter, James (2009-05-12). "Huge Bolivian glacier disappears". BBC News. Retrieved 2011-08-12.)
 

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