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Kilimanjaro Is Africa’s Tallest Mountain

Mount Kilimanjaro is found in Tanzania, Africa. Kilimajaro is 19,340 feet tall and is one of the tallest mountains in the world. The first known people to climb the mountain were Hans Meyer, a German geologist, Australian climber Ludwig Purtscheller, and Yohani Kinyala Lauwo, a local tour guide in 1889.

One might think that the mountain does not have snow on the top because it is so close to the equator, only 205 miles away; however, believe it or not, it has snow because it is so tall.

The source of Mount Kilimanjaro's name is not known to this day. Some people have theories that in 1860, Europeans undertook the name but it was also reported that it was the Kiswahili name.

Currently, Kilimanjaro’s glaciers are shrinking due to global warming around the world. Kilimanjaro has an ice cap, but in the last 100 years, 80% of the ice cap has melted. Scientists are saying these glaciers will be completely gone by 2060.

Kilimanjaro became a national park to preserve the natural parts of the mountain in 1973. The park was designated a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1987.

[Sources: National Geographic Society,]

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