A new mountain lake in 50 years


Check out this article from The Guardian newspaper, published yesterday. It shows two photographs taken of the Imja glacier, Himalayas, one taken 50 years ago and another in 2007. Both are of the exactly the same view. Spot the difference? Yep, you guessed it, there’s now a large lake in front of the mountain.

According to the article, the glacier in question is receding at a rate of 74 metres a year, which is the fastest in the Himalayas. It only 4 km away from Everest. Apparently, Nepal’s average temperature has risen by 1.5C since 1975. Not only could melt waters prove a risk from flooding locally and put lives at risk, the article also states that glaciers feed major rivers such as the Indus and Ganges. If this flow falls off to a trickle, then this could lead to severe droughts affecting 1.3 billion people!

See the link below for the full article and photos:

http://www.guardian.co.uk/environment/2009/jun/04/byers-himalaya-changing-landscapes

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About Owen Law

My pen-name is ‘Owen Law’ (real name: Nicholas Davies.) I’m a science fiction writer specialising in dystopian/apocalyptic visions of the future. I’m from Shropshire, England (on the borders with Wales) and I’m in my forties. I have a background in public services and training. I’ve been working on my first novel, Dragon Line, since 2008. I’ve also written several short stories, one of which you can find on this blog (‘Matilda Leviathan‘). I now reside on the border of Shropshire and Wales, and my interests include writing (of course!), current affairs and environmental issues.
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