Gallery: Melting of Andean Glaciers Could Cause a Continental Water Cri...

 

According to a study published in the journal Cryosphere, glaciers in the tropical Andes have shrunk by a whopping 30 to 50 percent since the 1970s.The researchers report that the glaciers are retreating at their fastest rate in the last 300 years as a consequence of global warming, and that at the current rate ice sheets at lower altitudes may completely disappear — which could cause water shortages in communities across South America.

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