El Cocuy National Park
|El Cocuy National Park|
|Parque Nacional Natural El Cocuy|
Pico Aguja (5.000 m), seen from North.
|Location||Andes Mountains, Colombia|
|Nearest city||El Cocuy|
|Area||3,060 km2 (1,180 sq mi)|
Because of its high altitude, and although it is located close to the equator, El Cocuy is characterized by post-glacial geological morphology, including steep slopes, cirques, moraines, and glacier-gouged lakes La Pintada and La Cuadrada. The park's topography covers 4,500 meters (15,000 feet) from its lowest point to its highest point. The park is visited by climbers and rockclimbers of all skill levels.
The national park's glacial heritage has made climate change a key element in the park's future. An 1851 watercolor of the "Great Snowfields near Güicán" shows Mount Chita fully capped in snow. As of 2009[update], the national park's historic icefield has shrunk to scattered snowcaps, and is expected to entirely disappear within a few decades.
- "El Cocuy Natural National Park". protectedplanet.net.
- Fishbane, Matthew (2009-08-02). "Above the Clouds in a Secret Colombia". The New York Times. Retrieved 2009-08-01.
- Paz, Manuel María. "View of the Snow-capped Mount Chita and of the Great Snowfields near Güicán, Province of Tundama". World Digital Library. Retrieved 2014-05-21.