An Indonesian glacier

14 Aug 2010

At www.physorg.com/print200656127.html we have an interesting story about a shrinking glacier on a 16,000 feet high Indonesian mountain ridge that is disappearing - rapidly. The glacier is another victim of AGW according to the bumph (supported by a National Science grant). Three cores have been drilled out of the glacier and it is hoped evidence of past climate change will emerge that might throw some light on the ebb and flow of El Ninos, for example, as well as past cooling and warming episodes. This has not been done at the moment as the mountains are located in Papua, the Indonesian half of what is otherwise known as New Guinea. The glacier is therefore in a tropical region, like Kilimanjaro in East Africa, and similar mountain glaciers in some parts of northern South America. Information from an analysis of what has been found will be available by December according to the press release by Ohio State University.