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Climate change will make Mexican glaciers disappear

The expert explained that "the freezing temperature that allows the ice to remain on the snowy summits of our volcanoes is reaching a level that will soon exceed the summits", which will cause the disappearance of the glaciers.


Devdiscourse News Desk Mexico
Updated: 01-04-2018 19:01 IST
Climate change will make Mexican glaciers disappear

Although it still exhibits some ice at its summit, Mexico has already declared the glacier located on the Popocatépetl volcano extinct. (Image credit: Pixabay)

Because of global warming, "Mexican glaciers will have no way of surviving," said Hugo Delgado, director of the Geophysics Institute of the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM), quoted by RT. In the opinion of the specialist, the snowy peaks of that North American nation are fiercely condemned to extinction.

The expert explained that "the freezing temperature that allows the ice to remain on the snowy summits of our volcanoes is reaching a level that will soon exceed the summits", which will cause the disappearance of the glaciers.

Although it still exhibits some ice at its summit, Mexico has already declared the glacier located on the Popocatépetl volcano extinct.

Delgado, who is also the Mexican correspondent of the Global Glacier Monitoring Service (WGMS), said that the glaciers located in the Iztaccihuatl volcano can only be seen as ice bodies in five or ten years, so they could be declared extinct, as per RT.

However, Delgado said it is "difficult" to predict an exact period, but the behavior of melting patterns will inevitably "disappear."

With the end of these glaciers, water reserves will also decrease, explained the specialist, because, in the dry seasons, these melt at a higher rate and feed the streams, rivers, and aquifers.

If the water recharge provided by the glaciers is not counted, the impact will be negative on the availability of the water resource.

COUNTRY : Mexico

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