Mount Kilimanjaro : By Mr. Curtiss Mount Kilimanjaro Where is this glorious Mount? : Where is this glorious Mount? Mount Kilimanjaro is on the southeast border of Kenya and the northern border of Tanzania.
It is the tallest mountain in Africa rising some 19,341 feet.
Formation of the mountain? Formation : Formation Folk story:
There was a disagreement between to tribes
The Gods of the two tribes escalated the disagreement and as a result, the mountain blew up.
The “logical” story:
Lava protruding from the rift valley began the formation of the mountain millions of years ago
There is a “saddle” between the summit and its neighboring peak. That neighboring peak it actually the original peak of Mount Kilimanjaro that blew off in the initial blast. The “Saddle” of Kilimanjaro : The “Saddle” of Kilimanjaro The peak to the right is the original peak of Mount Kilimanjaro before it erupted. The Rift Valley : The Rift Valley Mountain or Volcano? : Mountain or Volcano? Mount Kilimanjaro is a volcano
A stratovolcano to be precise.
What characterizes a stratovolcano?
Good question... Stratovolcano : Stratovolcano Explosive eruptions
The lava emitted often hardens before traveling too far
Stratovolcanoes are often referred to as “composite volcanoes”
This simply means that the volcano is comprised of many different layers of volcanic ash and hardened lava.
Is this thing going to blow up? Yes, more than likely. : Yes, more than likely. When?
Last eruption dates back around 360,000 years ago
Also, there is liquid hot magma only 400 meters below the summit crater. The Ascent... : The Ascent... 3 days to climb 2 days to come down
Can’t climb while the sun is shining
Extremely cold temperatures
But the blazing sun makes you think it is hot
Must climb the last stage at night
Get to the rim at dawn
11 made the trip – 3 made it to the top
Altitude sickness: feel like you have the flu Changes to the Mountain : Changes to the Mountain The rapidly changing climate is melting the ice away from the top of the mountain
The glaciers have declined 82% since 1912
Tourists attempting the trek to the top of the summit trashing the trails
Improper packing and unpacking techniques At the top... : At the top... Once on the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro, one can see Mount Kenya which is north of Nairobi some 600 km (372 miles) away. Why live next to a Volcano? : Why live next to a Volcano? Pending doom at your doorstep
Dormant, yes. But for how long? Slide 14: Majestic. I know