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The History and Disappearance of Glaciers in Venezuela

From: Journal of Latin American Geography
Volume 12, Number 2, 2013
pp. 85-124 | 10.1353/lag.2013.0016

Abstract

Abstract:

The disappearance of glaciers is Venezuela is chronicled through an extensive compilation and discussion of the scientific literature, maps, and historical photographs. Climate data analysis and GPS mapping in 2009 and 2011 provide the modern context. 20th-century glacier recession in Venezuela is similar to elsewhere in South America and consistent with the expected impacts of regional climate change. In 2011, one glacier with an area of about 0.1 km2 remained in Venezuela and it will likely disappear within this decade. However, the lack of local glacier and climate data limits our ability to appreciate the history of glaciers in Venezuela and a comprehensive monitoring program is urgently needed before Venezuela becomes an ice-free country.

Resumen:

La desaparición de los glaciares en Venezuela es narrada cronológicamente a través de una extensa recopilación y análisis de la literatura científica, mapas y fotografías históricas. Un análisis de datos climáticos y mapeo GPS en 2009 y 2011 proporcionan el contexto moderno del único remanente glacial presente. La recesión glacial venezolana durante el siglo veinte es similar a otras partes de América del Sur y en consonancia con los efectos previstos del cambio climático regional. Hoy en día, solo un glaciar con una superficie de aproximadamente 0.1 km2 queda en los Andes venezolanos cerca la ciudad de Mérida, este probablemente desaparecerá en la presente década. Sin embargo, la falta de datos sobre el balance de masa de este glaciar limita nuestra capacidad de apreciar la historia de los glaciares en Venezuela y un programa de monitoreo integral se necesita con urgencia antes de que Venezuela se convierta en un país totalmente libre de hielo glacial.



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