A Brief Note On The Himalayas Of India

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Richard Petrosky

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The Himalayas in India are important resource of water for the population in India and around the world. Glaciers are in deep trouble due to the climate change and this hurts billions of people in the Ganges River. The snow that falls in the Himalayas compacts into glaciers thus providing a continuous water supply. However melting of the ice is happening faster then predicted and according to a meeting in Denmark sea level rise is about 3 feet by the end of the century. Global warming might trigger worldwide food crisis that will threaten international security. In Montana the ice may disappear in just over a decade and by 2020 glacier will be gone unless changes are done to stop temperature from rising. In the 1980s, the U.S.G.S. began a more systematic study of the remaining glaciers, which has continued to the present day. By 2010, 37 glaciers remained, but only 25 of these were considered to be "active glaciers" of at least 25 acres (0.10 km2) in area. If the current warming trend continues, all of the remaining glaciers in the park will be gone by 2030.Thie glacier retreat follows a worldwide pattern that has accelerated even more since 1980. Without a major climatic change in which cooler and moister weather returns and persists, the mass balance, which is the accumulation rate versus the ablation (melting) rate of glaciers, will continue to be negative and the glaciers will eventually disappear, leaving behind only barren
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