Climate warming is ramping up the disappearance of Himalayan glaciers.

Climate warming is rapidly melting the Himalayan glaciers.

The Arctic and Antarctica aren’t the only places where climate change is having an influence. Its effects are also being felt in the Himalayas. Particularly in its glaciers, which are rapidly vanishing and becoming less and less magnificent. A vanishing that is also speeding up.

The information

A team of experts from the University of Leeds has raised the alarm, pointing out that Himalayan glaciers are melting faster than similar ice structures in other regions of the world.

The melting of ice has accelerated in recent decades. Indeed, it is happening ten times faster now than it was 400 to 700 years ago. With this rate of melting, 40 percent of the 14,798 Himalayan glaciers will have vanished in the last 400 years. This also indicates that the snowy landscape has already shrunk from 28,000 square kilometers to 19,600 square kilometers.

The Himalayas have also lost between 390 and 586 cubic kilometers of ice during this time. This is the same amount of land as the Alps in central Europe, the Caucasus Mountains in Armenia, Azerbaijan, and Georgia, and all of Scandinavia today.

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Furthermore, some glaciers – those with natural debris on their surface, which make about 7.5 percent of the total – are losing mass at a significantly faster rate. Their absence is responsible for 46.5 percent of the total volume decrease.

Consequences

The loss of glaciers will have a number of effects. Apart from the chain effect, their melting endangers the water supply for millions of Asians.

The unleashed water has made its way to the sea. As a result, sea levels have increased by more than a centimeter over the world, causing a rebound effect.

 

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