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Venezuela Becomes First Country To Lose All Glaciers

Venezuela Becomes First Country To Lose All Glaciers:

Venezuela is thought to be the first nation in modern times to have completely lost all of its glaciers.

  • New research shows that the Humboldt glacier in the Andes, which used to be very big, has shrunk to less than 2 hectares, which means it is no longer a glacier but an ice field.
  • The Sierra Nevada de Mérida mountain range in Venezuela used to have six glaciers.
  • As of 2011, five of these glaciers had melted away, leaving only the Humboldt glacier. Professionals thought Humboldt would last for another ten years, but new tests show it has melted much more quickly than expected.
  • It is located on the northern coast of South America with its capital located in Caracas.
  • It is bounded by the Caribbean Seaand the Atlantic Ocean to the north, Guyana to the east, Brazil to the south, and Colombia to the southwest and west.
  • A physiographically diverse country, Venezuela incorporates the northern Andean Mountain chains and interior highlands, the main portions of the Orinoco Riverbasin with its expansive Llanos (plains), Lake Maracaibo, which is the largest lake in South America and the spectacular Angel Falls, the world’s highest waterfall.
  • Rio Negro (shared with Colombia and Brazil): 2,250 km.
  • It is a major tributary of the Amazon River.
  • Orinoco (shared with Colombia): 2,101 km. It is the third-longest river in South America, after the Parana and the Amazon.