Friday, May 1, 2009

The Maldives and The Snows of Kilimanjaro

This is, possibly, the most beautiful picture on the web today. It is The Maldives, a tiny chain of islands in The Indian Ocean. A story I read on Yahoo news said the islands and their 380,000 residents are threatened by rising sea levels. A breaker wall built in the 1990s is failing, and the government is considering moving the entire population to Australia or somewhere. The same article goes on to describe the melting glaciers on Kilimanjaro. They are 80% decreased since 1912. The Hemingway Story entitled "The Snows of Kilimanjaro" describes the frozen carcass of a snow leopard about halfway up the peak. Upon reading the story, I wonder, is that leopard still there? I won't get into the underlying discussion inherent to this topic, I just like the picture.

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