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Snow Mountain of Quindio

Nevado del Quindio is a volcano in the Andes of central Colombia. The highest points of the departments of Quindio and Risaralda are on the mountain. It belongs to Los Nevados National Park, which is a wildlife sanctuary. There are no historical records of any eruption.

The snow fields and glaciers in the mountain are decreasing in a progressive way, about ten percent annually since the first scientific measures in the late 1980s, presumably because of the global warming (see greenhouse effect for details).

The mountain offers beautiful landscapes, attracting touristic visits all the year. The lower part is a cloud forest habitat, rich in endemic species.

Botanist Alexander Von Humboldt visited the area in 1801, describing new species such as the frailejon.

In popular culture

The postal service of Colombia AdPostal released a postal stamp featuring the Nevado del Quindio and Alexander Von Humboldt to celebrate the anniversary of his visit.

External links

Parque Nacional los Nevados
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