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‘Megadrought’ in Chile’s and Peru’s Andes leaves mountain peaks snowless

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - The Andes mountain range, which has always attracted skiers to visit during the South American winter, is experiencing a record low snowfall this year during a decade-long drought that scientists say is a consequence of global warming.

Scarce rain and snow are leaving many of the majestic mountains, which stretch between Ecuador and Argentina, with either patchy areas of snow or none at all, with the brown soil of the peaks showing.

As rainfall drops and glaciers shrink across the region, communities that rely on the mountains for water supply may suffer shortages, said Ricardo . . .

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