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Mountain climbers, take notice: You may need to take a few more steps to make it to the top.


  • Some mountains are growing taller at a record rate.
  • Disappearing ice has essentially lifted a load off of these mountains' figurative shoulders.
  • The main culprit behind the ice melt? You guessed it: global warming..

Mountains along the southernmost swath of South America are growing taller at a record rate, say researchers, who attribute the growth to the accelerating loss of glaciers there.

The new GPS-based measurements from Patagonia's southern ice field show that between 2003 and 2006 the mountains grew at a rate of 39 millimeters (1.5 inches) per year. The discovery was reported in the latest issue of the journal Earth and Planetary Science Letters.

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