Sierra Nevada will stop being snowed
Recently, Danilo Villafañe, an indigenous Arhuaco, climbed to the skirts of the Colón and Bolivar peaks, the highest in the country (5,775 meters above sea level), and found them almost transformed into rocky mountains. Little snow on its peaks, which despite the intense drought that has affected the Caribbean, show that inevitable thaw.
According to Ideam, who has been in charge of monitoring Colombian glaciers, the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta has lost 90 percent of its snowfall, between 1850 and 2010, as a result, among other things, of global warming.
With part of the gradual and sustainable melting of the snow, two rivers have historically formed: the Aracataca and the Guatapurí river, the first supplies the aqueduct of this population and the second to Valledupar, capital of Cesar. The impact of the disappearance of snow on these flows is therefore unpredictable.
Danilo Villafañe, known within his community Arhuaca as the 'chancellor', because it is the man who connects with the rest of the country, says that he made the expedition to the peaks, where he arrives after a four-day tour, Because he wanted to check a situation that had not been documented for some time.
"The thaw is already frequent, repeated year after year, and the situation is very shocking"
For Villafañe, the partial solution of the situation, at least to conserve moors and other wooded areas, would have as alternatives the respect to the natural order, the recovery of the 70 percent of the vegetal cover and the watersheds.
"The snow cover in the mountains was much lower, and now it is at the top, which is also very scarce. This will be another Sierra that will soon cease to be snowfall," added Villafañe.
The Sierra Nevada of Santa Marta; According to the measurement of 2017, only has 6.7 kilometers of snow distributed in 38 fragments.
"A century and a half ago, the Sierra was 83 kilometers long; Has been lost at a rate of 5.5 percent in the last five years. In total, 92 percent of the Sierra's snow has disappeared "
Fuente:Javier Silva Herrera - El Tiempo 2015-2017