Where on Earth? - March 2011

Clues for March 2011:
1. This mountain — one of the highest on its continent — is a 3-million-year-old stratovolcano with nearly a dozen glaciers at its summit. These glaciers, including the largest remaining ice mass shown here, are the last remains of a giant ice cap that covered the top of the mountain for thousands of years. The glaciers are now rapidly retreating, and may be gone in 30 years.
2. The mountain has been heavily shaped by its glaciers. Although the original crater at the top of the mountain was eroded away, the current central peak is actually a volcanic plug, material that filled an ancient volcanic vent and is more resistant to erosion.
3. Local mythology has it that the mountain was a throne for a god that came down from the sky. From base to summit, the mountain has at least six distinct vegetation zones, ranging from forest to alpine, and is considered both more scenic and a more difficult climb than the tallest mountain on the continent.
Name the mountain and its location.
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Answer: Mount Kenya, the second-highest peak in Africa (after Mount Kilimanjaro), has nearly a dozen glaciers at its summit, the remains of a giant ice cap that once covered the mountain. The glaciers are retreating rapidly; the largest remaining ice mass is Lewis Glacier. Photo is by Bob Carson.
March winners
Peter Balleau (Santa Fe, N.M.)
William Jasen (Richland, Wash.)
Harvey Leifert (Bethesda, Md.)
Kim Manley (McCall, Idaho)
Anita Robinson (Vancouver, Wash.)
Bill Romey (East Orleans, Mass.)
Bill Siesser (Nashville, Tenn.)
Regina Trott (Cumberland, Md.)
George Wallerstein (Seattle, Wash.)
Stephen Weaver (Colorado Springs, Colo.)
 

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01 Mar 2011