Himalayas at increased risk of Glacial Lake Outburst Floods
Monday, December 5, 2016, 5:07 - Recent scientific research has shown that the rising global temperature is increasing the risk of Glacial Lake Outburst Floods (GLOF) in the Himalayas.
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Rising temperatures have led to the melting of glaciers and the significant growth of the area of glacier lakes on the world's highest mountain range, according to researchers at the Institute of Mountain Hazards and Environment under the Chinese Academy of Sciences.
Recent research showed that a total of 401 new glacier lakes have been formed from 1990 to 2015, and the area of glacier lakes has increased by 14.1 percent, raising the possibility of GLOF that endangers the lives of people living downstream in Nepal and China's Tibetan Autonomous Region.
Scientists said that among the over 5,000 glacier lakes in the Himalayas, around 118 are expanding at high speeds, including 69 located in Tibet Autonomous Region, where dozens of GLOF events have already taken place since the beginning of the 20th century.
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Source: CCTV via Reuters