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Central Asian glaciers melting fast

Glaciers in the Tien Shan Mountain are melting at an alarming rate. People, living in the region, are concerned about water supply security.

Melting glacier in Tibet, China
Melting glacier in Tibet, China

A study, published in the Nature Geoscience magazine, reveals that glaciers in the Tien Shan mountain range have been melting at an alarming rate of four times the global average for the past 50 years and so far have lost about a quarter of their mass. Researchers predict that if this trend continues, half of the remaining ice in Central Asia could be gone by 2050.

Satellite photo of Tien Shan mountain, 26 January 2015
Satellite photo of Tien Shan mountain, 26 January 2015
NASA

The Central Asian glaciers are an important source of drinking and irrigation water for people in Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan and a part of northwestern China. A future decline in water resources could potentially lead to conflicts in the region, the researchers explain.

North Inylcheck Glacier in Central Tien Shan, Kazakhstan
North Inylcheck Glacier in Central Tien Shan, Kazakhstan

 

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