Sierra Summit

Conversations and observations about California's mountains

December 14, 2009
Snow on the Equator (The Glaciers of Uganda)
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   Uganda is a country of sticky tropical heat, rutted, red-dirt roads and - incongruously - a handful of rapidly-receding glaciers. 
   They cling to the jagged 16,000-foot eaves of one the world's most eerie alpine landscapes - the Rwenzori mountains, or Mountains of the Moon, as they are often called. 
    Glaciers are receding across the world. But Uganda's ice is disappearing so rapidly it may be gone before scientists can learn  much more about it. Local tribes that rely on the snow-capped range for tourist revenue are worried too. Read my story about Uganda's imperiled glaciers in Yale University's on-line magazine e360 at the following link: 


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Tom Knudson lives in the Sierra Nevada and travels widely throughout the range. His hobbies include fly-fishing, backpacking and cross-country skiing. He is the recipient of numerous journalistic awards, including two Pulitzer Prizes, one for a 1992 Sacramento Bee series "Sierra in Peril," a watershed work about environmental threats to the mountain range. E-mail Tom at

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