Scientists say that the glaciers on Turkey’s highest peak, the historic Mount Ararat believed to be where Noah's Ark settled after the Great Flood, have shrunk by 30% in surface area over the last 30 years.
Geologist Mehmet Akif Sarikaya, Assistant Professor at Istanbul's Fatih University stated that the satellite images revealed the extent of the melting, with the glacier’s surface area decreasing from eight square kilometers in 1976 to 5.5 in 2008, a loss of about seven hectares per year.
The ice disappearance also correlates with measurements of successive temperature increase in the region of .03 degrees Celsius per year. Professor Sarikaya and Fatih University colleagues, we are grateful for your observations, despite their disturbing nature, which add to the picture of glacial loss we are seeing across the globe.
May we heed such warnings and quickly switch to lifestyles that restore the Earth’s balance and the lives of her inhabitants. During an August 2008 videoconference with our Canadian Association members, Supreme Master Ching Hai highlighted the urgency of ice cap melt worldwide and emphasized, as on many previous occasions, the need to foster eco-conscious ways.