EcoAlert: Glaciers Growing in the Karakoram

 

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New satellite data shows that the glaciers in the Karakoram have grown slightly over the last decade, bucking the global trend. The Karakoram, adjacent to the Himalayas, includes K2, the second tallest mountain in the world. While the Karakoram is home to many of the world's glaciers, there is little data on their behavior because it is so remote.


New studies of satellite data from from 1999 and 2008 by Julie Gardelle of the University of Grenoble in France and colleagues show that the glaciers grew slightly, adding an extra layer of ice that equates to an 11-centimetre thickness of water every year. By taking up this extra water, the glaciers prevented about 0.01 millimetres of sea level rise per year.

The Daily Galaxy via newscientist.com and grenoble-univ.fr

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