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Peru, U.S. scientists set for research expedition to Huascaran peak

13:14 | Yungay (Ancash region), Jun. 26.

A team of scientists from Ohio State University (U.S.) and the National Institute for Research on Glaciers and Mountain Ecosystems —Inaigem (Peru) will embark on a research expedition to Huascaran, the highest peak of Peru, in the coming days.


Prominent paleoclimatologist and glaciologist Lonnie Thompson will lead the Ohio State University delegation.

Peru's Ministry of Environment made the announcement, adding the expedition will be exploring such area over the course of July.

This expedition is unique in the world as it explores a tropical glacier. Plus, it might be the last one, as glaciers are melting in Peru.

Research

The team of scientists will spend a month drilling glacier ice on Huascaran peak until they reach the bedrock in order to collect up to 167 linear meters of ice and carry out a number of studies.

The investigation will provide data on atmospheric chemistry, temperature, human activity, Amazon biodiversity, El Niño phenomenon-related events, and Andean volcanic eruptions over the past 20,000 years.

This journey costs nearly US$1.5 million and is financed by the National Science Foundation (NSF) of the United States.

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Published: 6/26/2019