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Ausangate (Quechua: Awsanqati) is a mountain of the Cordillera Vilcanota range in the Andes of Peru. The posted coords are above 5.000 Meters!
The Ausangate has significance in Incan mythology. Every year on the north side of Ausangate the feast of Qoyllur Rit'i (Quechua: "snow star") is celebrated before the feast of the Corpus Christi, during which thousands of Quechua pilgrims attend.
The area has 4 major geological features, the Andean uplift formed by Granits, the hanging glaciers and glaciar erotional valleys, the Permian formation with its singular colors, reds, ocre, turcoise and the Creatceous, lime stone forrests. (1)
Melting sacred glaciers and other fundamental changes confront the Andes's Quechua-speaking farmers: "If the snow disappears, the people will disappear, too." ... "If the snow disappears, we will be left without water. The pastures and the animals will disappear. Everything is interconnected. The problem of the melting of the glaciers is that the source of life is drying up." (2)
The posted coords will take you to a place with a beautiful view on Ausangate. To log this Earthcache, go to the posted coords with proper equipment (!!) and
1. measure the current elevation,
2. take a picture of Ausangate including glaciers (optional)
Send me the answer to question #1, and you will receive a log approval asap. Once received, create your log and optionally attach the picture from #2. Over the time, a collection of pictures showing the meltdown of the glacier will be established.
- (1) (visit link)
- (2) (visit link)
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