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Glaciers of South America --

GLACIERS OF PERÚ

By BENJAMíN MORALES-ARNAO

With sections on the CORDILLERA BLANCA ON LANDSAT IMAGERY and QUELCCAYA ICE CAP

By STEFAN L. HASTENRATH

SATELLITE IMAGE ATLAS OF GLACIERS OF THE WORLD

Edited by RICHARD S. WILLIAMS, Jr., and JANE G. FERRIGNO


U.S. GEOLOGICAL SURVEY PROFESSIONAL PAPER 1386-I-4

Perú has a total glacier-covered area of 2,600 square kilometers located on 20 distinct cordilleras. The largest ice concentrations are in the Cordillera Blanca (723.4 square kilometers) and the Cordillera de Vilcanota (539 square kilometers). The glacierized areas are important as water sources and as the sites of glacier-related avalanches and floods that have destroyed towns and killed tens of thousands of inhabitants

 

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