Andes’ Tropical Glaciers Going Fast

Another reason to visit as many Andean glaciers as possible. From ‘Andes’ Tropical Glaciers Going Fast’ in Climate Central:

The glaciers of the tropical Andes have shrunk by between 30 and 50 percent in 30 years and many will soon disappear altogether, cutting off the summer water supply for millions of people, according to scientists studying the region’s climate.

And more specifically for Bolivia:

In the Andes glaciers contribute to irrigation, hydroelectricity generation, and water supply. For example, 15 percent of the water consumed in La Paz, the capital of Bolivia, comes from glaciers, a figure that doubles in the summer. The region, with 3.5 million people, is heavily dependent on melt water for its survival.

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Valley of the Moon (Pic du Jour)

Chile's Valley of the Moon

This is the Valley of the Moon, or, Valle de la Luna, a valley about 15 kilometers west of San Pedro de Atacama that admirably lives up to its name. It’s one of the driest places on the planet – some areas haven’t felt a raindrop in hundreds of years. I didn’t bike it, but… Continue reading Valley of the Moon (Pic du Jour)

Desfontainia spinosa, in the Wild

Desfontainia spinosa, aka Chilean holly or taique

I came across this beauty a few weeks ago on a hike through the Sendero Bosque Encantado, or Enchanted Forest Trail, in Queulat National Park on the Carretera Austral in Chilean Patagonia. It reminded me of candy corn but I decided against eating it. That was probably a good idea, although the leaves are apparently… Continue reading Desfontainia spinosa, in the Wild