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Some Asian glaciers 'putting on mass'

Some glaciers on Asia's Karakoram mountains are defying the global trend and getting thicker, say researchers.
A French team used satellite data to show that glaciers in part of the Karakoram range, to the west of the Himalayan region, are putting on mass.

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Quakes 'could rupture glacial lakes'

Glacial lakes in the Himalayas could pose a major hazard to population centres if they are ruptured by earthquakes, scientists say.
The true risk to settlements and infrastructure downstream in the Hindu-Kush-Himalayas region is difficult to assess.
But the Himalayan region is dotted with glacial lakes and is in a seismically active zone.

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Indian Kashmir's glaciers are melting fast because of rising temperatures, threatening the water supply of millions of people in the Himalayan region, a new study by Indian scientists says.
The study by Kashmir University's geology and geophysics department blamed the effect on climate change, and said it endangered the livelihoods of two-thirds of the region's nearly 10 million people engaged in agriculture, horticulture, livestock rearing and forestry.
The Kolahoi glacier, the biggest in the Indian portion of divided Kashmir, has shrunk to about 11.5 square kilometres from about 13 square kilometres in the past 40 years, the study found.

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Missing Radioactivity in Ice Cores
When Ohio State glaciologists failed to find the expected radioactive signals in the latest core they drilled from a Himalayan ice field, they knew it meant trouble for their research.
But those missing markers of radiation, remnants from atomic bomb tests a half-century ago, foretell much greater threat to the half-billion or more people living downstream of that vast mountain range.
It may mean that future water supplies could fall far short of whats needed to keep that population alive.

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NEW TIBETAN ICE CORES MISSING A-BOMB BLAST MARKERS; SUGGEST HIMALAYAN ICE FIELDS HAVEN'T GROWN IN LAST 50 YEARS
Ice cores drilled last year from the summit of a Himalayan ice field lack the distinctive radioactive signals that mark virtually every other ice core retrieved worldwide.
That missing radioactivity, originating as fallout from atmospheric nuclear tests during the 1950s and 1960s, routinely provides researchers with a benchmark against which they can gauge how much new ice has accumulated on a glacier or ice field.
In 2006, a joint U.S.-Chinese team drilled four cores from the summit of Naimona'nyi, a large glacier 6,050 meters (19,849 feet) high on the Tibetan Plateau.
The researchers routinely analyse ice cores for a host of indicators particulates, dust, oxygen isotopes, etc. -- that can paint a picture of past climate in that region.
Scientists believe that the missing signal means that this Tibetan ice field has been shrinking at least since the A-bomb test half a century ago. If true, this could foreshadow a future when the stockpiles of freshwater will dwindle and vanish, seriously affecting the lives of more than 500 million people on the Indian subcontinent.

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A 42-member team which includes 10 civilians led by Army climbers on Tuesday began a 20-day trek from Leh in Ladakh to the Siachen Glacier heights, recently opened to the public for adventure sports and tourism.
Under the close supervision of soldiers of the Flag and Fury Corps, the expedition was flagged off by Corps General Officer Commanding Lt Gen P C Bhardwaj.

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The Indian government's decision to allow a civilian expedition to the Siachen glacier, an expedition NDTV will be part of, hasn't gone down well with Pakistan.
Pakistan says this is a disputed territory and India has no business allowing such expeditions.
There is history behind this antipathy to such expeditions. It was the Pakistan government's decision in the 70s to allow European mountaineers to travel in this area - till then just an ignored frozen waste that triggered India's interest.

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