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Chinese expedition to chart effects of glacier melt in Tibet

Earth News: Tibet
Global Warming Observations

First Published by AP, December 21, 2006
NEW DELHI -- A joint Indian-Chinese team plans to chart remote Himalayan glaciers that scientists fear are rapidly melting because of global warming, threatening the great rivers that give life to one of South Asia's most fertile regions.The two expeditions, will take scientists into some of the most remote areas of Tibet to explore the sources of two rivers that provide water for vast agriculture regions that feed nearly a sixth of the world's population.
"The melting of the ice sheets and the glaciers is a crisis in the Himalayas," said H.P.S. Ahluwalia, who runs the Indian Mountaineering Foundation, which is organizing the expedition with China's Institute of Geology and Geophysics.
Scientists believe that increasing global temperatures are causing glaciers -- the planet's largest source of fresh water after polar ice -- to melt.
Photo Above: Himalayan peaks reflecting in a glacial lake in Ladakh, Jammu and Kashmir.
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