Monday, July 5, 2010

geography. climate: puncak jaya, snow, glacier

there are a few spots in the tropics where natural snow/ice exist. you can find them in mountain peaks with extreme altitude such as the snow capped mount kilimanjaro in tanzania. the higher the altitude, the cooler the temperature.

now, pardon my ignorance but i just found out that glaciers too exist near the equator. i really thought glaciers only exist in polar regions or anywer with a cold climate but not in the tropics like indonesia. so i was wrong, nearer home in the eastern part of indonesia, there is actually a glacier in a mountain called Puncak Jaya in the papuan island. sad to hear its melting fast. there are also glaciers in very high areas of the Andes in south america.

some interesting trivia about Puncak Jaya via wikipedia:

Puncak Jaya was named "Carstensz Pyramid" after Dutch explorer Jan Carstensz who first sighted the glaciers on a rare clear day in 1623. The sighting went unverified for over two centuries, and Carstensz was ridiculed in Europe when he said he had seen snow near the equator.

Heinrich Harrer (of Seven Years in Tibet fame) with three friends — Temple, Kippax and Huizenga climbed the peak of the mountain in 1962.

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