Disappearing glacier on the top of Kilimanjaro
At the end of last year, the photographer of the National Geographic publishing house, Will Gadd, climbed to the highest point in Africa, to the top of Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania. Here he was able to capture the famous glacier, the only one on the African continent.
Perched at an altitude of 5895 meters above sea level, Kilimanjaro is the tallest mountain in Africa and the tallest free-standing mountain in the world.
Between 1912 and 2011, the ice mass at the top decreased by more than 85 percent. Researchers say that practically no one doubts that the ice will disappear here. According to various estimates, several scientists predict what will happen by 2060.
Will Gadd has repeatedly climbed races to various points of the world, including Antarctica. This time he decided to climb Kilimanjaro to capture the glacier disappearing here. Although the ice on the top of Kilimanjaro has lain for more than 12,000 years, it can all disappear in a few decades.
Will Gadd said after the ascent that the height made the ascent much more difficult than he previously thought. As for the weather, Will Gadd explains: “We literally managed to jump on the last car. On the top of the ice there was just a little bit. This ice is the last of its kind. Only small remains of the glacier remained and it is really on its last legs.