2014-12-18. Mount Kenya’s Vanishing Glaciers.

posted Dec 23, 2014, 2:17 PM by Alan Gould
By Jon Mooallem, The New York Times Magazine. For GSS Climate Change chapter 8. Excerpt:  In 1941, an Italian civil servant named Felice Benuzzi ... captured by Allied forces and sent to a prisoner-of-war camp in East Africa...faced Mount Kenya, 17,000 feet high...did manage to escape the camp and climb to the summit of the mountain’s third-highest peak. ...This past October, the English photographer Simon Norfolk spent 18 days on Mount Kenya, camping in an old mountaineering hut at nearly 16,000 feet... to document the gradual disappearance of one of the mountain’s many glaciers, the Lewis, which happens to be one of the most thoroughly surveyed tropical glaciers in the world. ...In 2010, scientists found that the Lewis had shrunk by 23 percent in just the previous six years. Worse still, a neighboring glacier — the Gregory — “no longer exists.” ...Our glaciers, we’re told, are disappearing freakishly fast, but fast for a glacier can still be too slow for the human imagination to seize on....  http://www.nytimes.com/2014/12/21/magazine/mount-kenyas-vanishing-glaciers.html.