Melting World Glaciers

Posted by aruna75 on Wed, Oct 14, 2009  
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A glacier is a perennial mass of ice which moves over land. One of the worst effects of global warming is melting glaciers around the world. Climate change and rising temperatures are causing glaciers to melt at unexpected speed. Since 1980 around 80 glaciers are melting.

Glaciers in the European Alps lost up to 2.5 meters water equivalent of ice. Glaciers are melting in South America, Kenai Mountains, Alaskan Range, Canada's Coast Mountains, High Artic and also Kashmir. Latest studies show that Kashmir glaciers are melting at an alarming speed. This would cause large parts of surroundings areas to be flooded.

When glaciers melt there would be global increase in temperature, floods, rise in sea level, water shortage, storms, etc. Since eastern Himalayan snow is melting, lakes would be formed, which could burst at any time and cause floods.

To stop glacier melting, global warming has to be controlled. Carbon emissions have to be reduced. Glaciers are one the gifts of Nature. Let us strive to preserve them.





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