Scientific Expedition Sets Off for Huascaran, Peru’ Highest Peak
The setting is the Huascaran National Park in the Peruvian Andes, a region of supreme natural beauty, with its impressive snow-capped peaks and pristine Andean lakes, which is a popular stop on the itinerary of exclusive tours of Peru. A group of researchers begin their scientific expedition with the ascent of the mountain that gives the Park its name, El Huascaran, the highest peak in Peru. Their mission: to reach the summit and carry out tests so as to learn more about the glacier there.
The expedition is to last eight days, during which time the scientists from the Peruvian National Glacier and Mountain Ecosystem Research Institute (Spanish initials: INAIGEM) will climb to the south summit, at some 6,768 meters (22,205 feet) above sea-level, in the heart of the Cordillera Blanca, to gather data in order to study the effects of climate change in the Andes.
Before the researchers set off, the team members, along with representatives of INAIGEM, participated in a ceremony with local people in which an offering was made to Pachamama or mother earth, which is part of an ancestral Andean tradition whose purpose is to give thanks to the gods of nature.
According to Benjamín Morales Arnao, Executive President of the institute, climate change is having a dramatic effect on the world’s mountain ranges, especially Peru’s 18 glacial cordilleras, whose run-off constitutes an important source of water for a significant proportion of the population.
This is the first time a high-tech scientific expedition has been made to the Huascaran summit, which boasts the highest tropical glacier in the world, and which is part of a UNESCO World Heritage Site that is visited every year by adventure-minded travelers intent on having a unique Peru trip experience. The expedition’s aims include finding out whether there is a layer of dust on the glacial surface which is accelerating the melting rate, what the temperature range is, and to what extent the snow and ice in the area has diminished between 1962 and 2017.
Now the scientific community, and the population in general, await the results of the studies in the hope that some positive conclusions can be drawn.
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