Thursday, February 09, 2012

Icy Wonder

A new study published in Nature has found that the world's largest mountain chain, running from the Himalayas to Tian Shan on the border of Kyrgystan and China, has not experienced any net loss of ice over the past decade.

This came as a surprise to glaciologists who had thought that melting in the Himalayas and nearby peaks was making an appreciable contribution to sea level rise.

Shown above: An aerial view of the Siachen glacier, which traverses the Himalayan region dividing India and Pakistan.

Photograph: Channi Anand/AP

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