Kilimanjaro Icefield in September 2012

October 18, 2012

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Photographer: Kimberly Ann Casey
Summary Author: Kimberly Ann Casey

October 2012 Viewer's Choice The photo above showing the northern icefield of Mount Kilimanjaro's 19,039 ft (5,803 m) summit crater was acquired on September 25, 2012. A fresh snowfall covers the ice. This was the first year on record in which this icefield, due to extensive dry season melting, divided into two sections. I was part of an expedition team measuring and monitoring the northern icefield. Automated meteorological stations can be seen at top. Some of these stations have been collecting data since February 2000. The tents of expedition members are at the base of the ice. Late September traditionally ends the longer annual dry season on Kilimanjaro, with the short rainy season (or 'Vuli' in Swahili) beginning in October and lasting through December. A short dry season exists in January and February, and the long rainy season (or 'Masika' in Swahili), when most of the snowfall occurs, typically extends from March through May.

Photo details: Camera Maker: Panasonic; Camera Model: DMC-GF5; Lens: LUMIX G VARIO 45-200/F4.0-5.6; Focal Length: 115mm (35mm equivalent: 238mm); Aperture: f/11.0; Exposure Time: 0.0005 s (1/2000); ISO equiv: 160; Exposure Bias: -0.66 EV; Metering Mode: Matrix; Exposure: program (Auto); White Balance: Auto; Flash Fired: No (enforced); Orientation: Normal; Color Space: sRGB; Software: Adobe Photoshop CS5.1 Windows.