This week, two new papers add to our knowledge of Kilimanjaro's glaciers. Georg Kaser is first author on "Is the decline of ice on Kilimanjaro unprecedented in the Holocene?" published (appropriately enough) in The Holocene. The paper sets forth a hypothesis that the glaciers may be only hundreds of years old, rather than 11,700 - as detailed in the only other paper published on the matter (Thompson et al., 2002). A link to this new paper, as well as the 2002 paper in Science, are provided to the right. The quest for definitive dates on the ice is underway!
A second new paper is primarily the work of Ph.D. student Michael Winkler (Innsbruck), and published in Erdkunde (in English). "Land-based marginal ice cliffs: focus on Kilimanjaro" will be of interest to anyone familiar with - or intrigued by - the unique vertical walls of Kilimanjaro glaciers. The paper is also available from our publications link.