Member Log In
Nepal Tourism News
Posted by: ANI | Date: December 27, 2011
Ngozumpa glacier in Nepal is melting away at a rapid pace and retreating at its edges because of global warming.
The Nepalese Himalayas have been warming considerably more than the global mean temperature in recent decades.
Glaciers in most of the region are showing signs of shrinking, thinning, and retreating, which is giving way to a lot of melt water.
On Ngozumpa, some of this water is seen to pool on the surface and then drain away via a series of streams and caverns to the snout of the glacier, the BBC reported.
There, around 25km from the mountain, a colossal lake is growing behind a heap of dumped rock fragments.
This lake, called Spillway, is likely to be about 6km long, 1km wide and 100m deep.
The concern is that this huge mass of water could ultimately infringe the debris dam and hurtle down the valley, sweeping away the Sherpa villages in its path.
According to the scientists, although the threat is not immediate, but it is a situation that requires monitoring.
One of the researchers at work on Ngozumpa is Ulyana Horodyskyj, from the Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences (CIRES) at the University of Colorado in Boulder, US.
In of the incidences, her cameras captured a supraglacial lake losing more than 100,000 cubic metres of water in just two days. Within five days, the lake had recovered half the volume, fed by waters from higher up the glacier.
"Say I came the week before and the week after a lake drained - it would seem like nothing had happened because the lake level would appear to be the same," Horodyskyj said.
"But my timelapse photography tells me that something has happened - 40 Olympic-size swimming pools just got sent down the glacier," she added.
- Sun Koshi named best for rafting | March 06, 2014
- Trekking Permit Application is Started Online | March 06, 2014
- Dhamala Panel won TAAN Election 2013 | September 23, 2013
- TAAN Election Being Held At Hotel Hyatt | September 20, 2013
- Japanese climber, 80, becomes oldest atop Mount Everest | May 23, 2013
- First Saudi Woman Climbes Everest | May 22, 2013
- Nepal marking Everest diamond jubilee | May 22, 2013
- 80 years Old Japanese starts climbing Mount Everest | May 17, 2013
- 16 Sajha buses arrive | February 21, 2013
- Kathmandu to witness OX fighting for first time | December 01, 2012
- 31st World Elephant Polo competition begins | December 01, 2012
- 19 die in Sita Air Crash; 4 Nepalis, 7 Brits and 5 Chinese among dead | September 28, 2012
- Nepal second peaceful nation in South Asia | June 15, 2012
- Film festival on environmental, sustainable development to be organized in Nepal | June 14, 2012
- Tourists' length of stay in Nepal reaches 13 days | June 03, 2012
- Three climbers including a German die on Everest | May 21, 2012
- Agni Air carrying 21 crashes nearby Jomsom Airport | May 14, 2012
- 73 Years Old Japanese Woman Attempting Everest Summit | April 17, 2012
- Nepal's Pashupatinath temple to pay Hindu priests fixed salary | April 12, 2012
- PHBEC to operate tourist bus in Pokhara-Chitwan route | April 09, 2012
Mountain Expedition in Nepal & Tibet with best mountaineering agency. Adventure Third Pole Treks - Trekking, Tours, Climbing Holidays Operator
Mount Everest Base Camp trekking package, maps, itinerary, reviews, advice, weather and gear list information
Book cheap Kathmandu - Pokhara flight ticket with us, get special price on flight ticket booking
Budget & Luxury trekking adventure in Nepal, Tibet & Bhutan with NepalHimalayaTrek.com