Venezuela is the first country in the modern era to lose all its glaciers
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Caracas: The South American country of Venezuela is about to become the first country in modern history to lose all its glaciers. Climate scientists say that the remaining glaciers in the country have become mere ice fields. Meteorologist Maximiliano Herrera said in a tweet on social media platform X that Venezuela’s Humboldt Glacier has melted down to two hectares (about five acres) and stopped here to form an ice field.

The Humboldt Glacier is the last in Venezuela. At least five of the country’s glaciers have melted in the past century due to climate change. Many glaciologists say that the snow in the Sierra Nevada National Park in Venezuela is too shallow to be considered a glacier.

There is no international standard for what constitutes a glacier, but according to the US Geological Survey, an area of 10 hectares (24.71 acres) is common. At the beginning of the 20th century, Venezuela had six glaciers covering an area of 999.7 square kilometers. In this area, Humboldt was spread over 450 hectares, but according to researchers, this glacier has melted and been reduced to two hectares.

A study conducted in the 2000s reported that between 1952 and 2019, 98 percent of glaciers had shrunk.


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