Mount Kilimanjaro is the tallest peak in Africa, rising 19,340 feet above the surrounding plains. For hundreds of years it has been called the "shining mountain" by local people. They gave it this name because the top is covered with glittering glacier ice and snow. It is one of the most beautiful mountains in the world. In recent decades local people and tourists have noticed that there is less and less ice and snow on the mountain each year. Most scientists believe that the glaciers are disappearing because of changes in the weather of eastern Africa, and because of human actions. How is the ice disappearing? Who will be affected by the loss of the glaciers? What can you do to help? These questions are answered in the pages of this book.