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How certain Himalayan Karakoram glaciers are bucking climate change melting trends?


New Delhi: Glaciers across the world are facing the wrath of climate change and Himalayan glaciers are no different but the mystery of Karakoram ranges glaciers which seem virtually unaffected by global warming and melting have baffled researchers over the years.

However, it seems like the scientists of India may have finally found an explanation for the phenomenon, which has been dubbed the ‘ Karakoram Anomaly ’.

As per a report released by the Indian Science and Technology Ministry , the Karakoram Anomaly is attributed to the revival of Western Disturbances recently.

The Himalayan range is pivotal, especially in the context of India for many reasons including the monsoon and the reliance on perennial rivers from the glacial melts of the Himalayas . However, due to climate change, extremely uncomfortable stress on these resources seems inevitable.

The Karakoram Anomaly was intriguing for the scientists of the Indian Institute of Science Education and Research (IISER) because the behaviour was only confined to a very small area in the Himalayas on Karakoram and Kunlun ranges.

According to their theory, the recent revival of western disturbance has been instrumental in triggering and maintaining the Karakoram Anomaly since the turn of the century. The paper was published in […]

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