Chile announced Saturday that it will create a national park to protect hundreds glaciers that are melting because of climate change.
President Sebastian Pinera announced the creation of the National Glacier Park, which will cover 75,000 hectares in Andes mountain land, approximately 60 km (40 mi) from Santiago.
The president stated that 368 glaciers are being protected.
These ice masses hold 32 times as much water than a reservoir capable of serving capital city’s seven-million inhabitants, the president stated.
A University of Chile study has shown that the glaciers in Chile’s central region, which includes the new national park, are shrinking because of global warming.
Pinera stated that the establishment of the park was “a fundamental step our country is taking in order to combat the destruction and destruction of nature.”
It will also preserve mountain-adapted flora as well as animals like pumas or foxes.
According to the government, Chile is one of the top 10 countries in terms of glacier surface area. Other countries include Canada, the United States of America, China, and Russia.
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