The largest glacier on Everest is rapidly disappearing.

Over the last 25 years, the South Col glacier has shrunk by around 55 meters in thickness.

As a result of climate change, the South Col, the largest glacier on Mount Everest and located in the southern part of the highest mountain on Earth, has experienced rapid melting.

According to data from a study conducted by the University of Maine (United States) and published in the journal ‘Nature,’ the ice formed two thousand years ago on this glacier of Everest, which is located at an altitude of 7,900 meters, has melted in just 25 years, so the ice sheet is losing thickness 80 times faster than when it was formed.

Radiocarbon dating was used to make these estimates. The study was created using data collected by a group of scientists and climbers who visited the glacier in 2019 to extract samples from an ice core that measured about 10 meters in length. Indeed, experts say the glacier at the highest point on Everest “seems destined for a rapid retreat.”

Scientist Paul Mayewski of the University of Maine, one of the study’s authors, stated that the Everest glacier “will probably disappear in a few decades.” The researchers, on the other hand, stated that the findings show that “warming of the upper troposphere is a solid and generalized feature of anthropogenic climate change.”

Climate change is critical to the process.

Concerning the causes of the melting of the Himalayan glaciers, the report blames climate change for the “loss of mass” of ice, particularly the extreme exposure to solar radiation, which may have influenced the melting process, which occurs due to the glacier’s inability to reflect solar radiation.

However, Mount Everest is not the only place on the planet where climate change is having a negative impact. High temperatures recorded in areas such as the Arctic, or sea level rises that could affect islands such as the Maldives or the world’s major cities, are just a few of the symptoms of climate change.

According to a study, ice on a glacier near Mount Everest’s top that took millennia to create is melting at a faster rate due to climate change in the last three decades.

According to study published this week in the journal Nature by the University of Maine, the South Col glacier has lost around 55 meters in thickness over the last 25 years.

The top layer of the glacier is roughly 2,000 years old, according to carbon-14 dating, but it is losing thickness 80 times quicker than when it was formed, according to the study.

The South Col glacier will “probably disappear in a few decades” if current trends continue, according to study leader Paul Mayewski.

This glacier lies around 7,900 meters above sea level, about a kilometer below the top of Everest, the highest mountain on the planet.

Additional studies claim that other glaciers in the Himalayan chain are melting rapidly, resulting in the formation of hundreds of lakes on the mountain range’s slopes, perhaps creating floods.

 

Article Author Gerluxe

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