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Published on February 16, 2009

Author: 12wertman


Mount Kilimanjaro : Mount Kilimanjaro By Virginia Wertman A.K.A... : A.K.A... Kilima Dscharo- Unknown meaning Oldoinyo Oibor- Means white mountain in Masai Kilima Njaro- Means shining mountain in Swahili Where is Mount Kilimanjaro? : Where is Mount Kilimanjaro? On border of Tanzania and Kenya Slightly south of Equator In the southern end of Africa’s East Great Rift Valley It’s A Special Mountain! : It’s A Special Mountain! Mount Kilimanjaro is 19,341 feet tall An extinct stratovolcano Largest free-standing mountain in world Tallest peak in Africa Multiple tribes, such as Wachagga, have lived here for centuries Topographic map of Kilimanjaro Nat’l Park and the land it encompasses Relative Size : Relative Size Mount McKinley is the tallest peak in North America, at 20,320 feet. Mount Kilimanjaro is the tallest peak in Africa, at 19,391 feet. Climate : Climate Lower slopes receive about 78 inches of precipitation per year Summit only receives about 5 inches of precipitation per year Diverse climate due to large change in elevation The 3 Peaks and The Crater : The 3 Peaks and The Crater Has 3 different peaks: Kibo, Mawenzi, and Shira Crater is known as Reusch Ash Pit Ash Pit is 1181 feet across and 363 feet deep and is thought to have been created by a large eruption several thousand years ago. Tourism : Tourism Tourism plays huge role in economies of Tanzania and Kenya because of Kilimanjaro Thousands of people take challenge to climb Mt. Kilimanjaro each year Climbers and History : Climbers and History Mountain first acknowledged by Europeans in 1849 by Johann Rebmann In 1889, first (known) person reached summit of Kilimanjaro (Ludwig Purtscheller and a native guide, Hans Meyer) Worries for the Future : Worries for the Future At current rate that glacier on top of Kilimanjaro is melting, scientists estimate that ice will be totally gone by 2014. Glacier melting believed to be part of global climate change Bibliography : Bibliography Kilimanjaro by John Reader The Great Rift by Anthony Smith

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