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2009-11-13 13:10:00

Bolivia's Chacaltaya range has succumbed to the precipitous melting of glaciers, AFP reported. The site was once home to the highest ski-run in the world as it was perched on the Chacaltaya glacier nearly 17,390 feet high, but now all that remains is a rusted skilift. Only 538 square feet of snow remains on the magnificent Chacaltaya glacier. Alfredo Martinez, a veteran guide and founder of the Bolivian Andean Club, said nothing is left but a little piece of ice that is disappearing and will...

2006-03-23 08:15:00

By Helen Popper CHACALTAYA, Bolivia -- Times are hard for the world's highest ski resort, a dizzy 17,388 feet (5,300 metres) above sea level in the Bolivian Andes. Its glacier is melting so fast synthetic snow is seen as the only way to save it. Scientists say Chacaltaya's diminished piste could disappear altogether within five years due to climate change and, though this humble ski center is no Whistler or Chamonix, it is the only one the poor South American country has got. "This has been...

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2005-01-30 09:35:07

CHACALTAYA GLACIER, Bolivia (AP) -- Up and down the icy spine of South America, the glaciers are melting, the white mantle of the Andes Mountains washing away at an ever faster rate. "Look. You can see. Chacaltaya has split in two," scientist Edson Ramirez said as he led a visitor up toward a once-grand ice flow high in the thin air of the Bolivian cordillera. In the distance below, beneath drifting clouds, sprawled 2-mile-high La Paz, a growing city that survives on the water running off...


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