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Or not. New research says they are melting and the famous white cap could disappear forever.

The mountain's white peak was made famous by the author Ernest Hemingway but research shows that more than a quarter of the ice that was there a decade ago has now melted.

The glaciers that cover the peak are simply melting.

Similar changes are being reported at other mounains in Africa with a snow cap.

This week we reported on a BBC story on the melting of the glaciers in the Himalayas and there's also video of 2 films we have made on the subject for PlanetSKI.

"The fact that so many glaciers throughout the tropics and subtropics are showing similar responses suggests an underlying common cause," said the paleoclimatologist Lonnie Thompson of Ohio State University in a report for Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

"The increase of Earth's near surface temperatures, coupled with even greater increases in the mid- to upper-tropical troposphere, as documented in recent decades, would at least partially explain."

Stunning, but for how much longer?Stunning, but for how much longer?

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