Visit Your Local PBS Station PBS Home PBS Home Programs A-Z TV Schedules Watch Video Donate Shop PBS Search PBS
NOVA Home Find out what's coming up on air Listing of previous NOVA Web sites NOVA's history Subscribe to the NOVA bulletin Lesson plans and more for teachers NOVA RSS feeds Tell us what you think Program transcripts Buy NOVA videos or DVDs Watch NOVA programs online Answers to frequently asked questions

Tour Kilimanjaro


Volcano Above the Clouds homepage

Summit Alpine Desert Moorland Heath Rain Forest Cultivated Areas

Introduction

Summit

Though in retreat, remnant glaciers still adorn Africa's highest point.

Enlarge this image

Zone 6: Summit
Altitude: roughly 16,500 to 19,340 feet

A piece of the arctic in the heart of Africa's equatorial belt—that's the uppermost reaches of Kilimanjaro. At the top, the oxygen level is roughly half that found at sea level, and the thin atmosphere offers little protection against the fierce rays of the sun. Animals of any sort are few in this zone, though in 1926 the frozen carcass of a leopard was discovered near the summit crater, and in 1962 five African hunting dogs followed a group of climbers right to the top. A few hardy lichen species make a go of it here, and the everlasting Helichrysum newii has been found at an altitude of 18,700 feet. Otherwise this is a place to visit, enjoy the view, and then bid adieu.

   

Send Feedback Image Credits
   
NOVA Home Find out what's coming up on air Listing of previous NOVA Web sites NOVA's history Subscribe to the NOVA bulletin Lesson plans and more for teachers NOVA RSS feeds Tell us what you think Program transcripts Buy NOVA videos or DVDs Watch NOVA programs online Answers to frequently asked questions

Support provided by

For new content
visit the redesigned
NOVA site