TVNZ/One News: Papua glacier to disappear in five years

New Guinea’s only glacier could disappear within five years, according to a world-leading expert on glaciers.

The glacier is situated on top of Puncak Jaya, the highest mountain in Indonesia, Oceania and on New Guinea.

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“A US scientist from the Ohio State University, who completed a mission to extract ice cores from the glacier on Punjak Jaya, says the glacier is dying.

“Lonnie Thompson is one of the world’s leading experts on glaciers and says that the Punjak Jaya glacier was literally melting under his tent, the water flowing underneath the ice, being clearly heard.”