Years until glacier vanishes
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Ecuador | 2806m

Researching the glacier status of Cerro Collay has been a challenge to say the least, and this in itself tells a story. Records from the 1998 US Geological Survey Paper suggest that, even then, Collay’s ice cover was too insignificant to be detected with satellite imagery. Certainly, photographs appear scarce – perhaps an indicator that, sadly, there is little of note left to record there. It is probably safe to say that, if any snow or ice cover does still exist, it is névé (seasonal, compacted snow) rather than part of the original glaciers. Although we will be delighted to be told otherwise, perhaps we can assume that Collay is the first of the 25zero peaks to lose its glaciers. RIP.

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