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Cordillera Blanca Peru

The Cordillera Blanca is a mountain range in Peru that is part of the larger Andes range and includes 33 major peaks over 5,500 metres (18,040 ft). Huascaran National Park, established in 1975, encompasses almost the entire range of the Cordillera Blanca including Huascaran, the highest mountain peak in Peru. The glaciers of the Cordillera Blanca provide water for the irrigation of the puna grasslands and keep the Santa River free from drought the whole year. Runoff also feeds the many beautiful turquoise lagoons and hot springs and powers the hydroelectric plant that supplies 80% of power. With global warming, the area of permanent ice pack of the Cordillera Blanca glaciers shrank by about a third between the 1970s and 2006.

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