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FORGET HEMINGWAYShould we change the title of Ernest Hemingway’s novel "The Snowsof Kilimanjaro”? Africa’s highest mountain (5,895 m) is a critical water catchment area for both Kenya and Tanzania, but over the past century more than 80% of its ice cover– which acts as a water storage –has disappeared. The receding ice cap together with deforestation have caused several rivers to dry up, affecting forests and farmland below.This dormant volcano can be seen in the lower-left corner of this false-colour image acquired over part of southern Kenya and the border with Tanzania. In this image, bright red areas show the rich vegetationof the forested area on the slopes of Kilimanjaro, as well as vegetation of the agricultural areas and along rivers and streams.© JAXA/ESA

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