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On 12/8/08, vagabondindia <vagabondindia@...> wrote:
> THE HINDU
> http://www.hinduonn et.com/thehindu/ holnus/001200811 191521.htm
> Wednesday, November 19, 2008 : 1515 Hrs
> Thinning Himalayan glaciers may deprive half billion Indians of water
> Washington (IANS): The absence of radioactive signals from all the
> three ice core drilled in a Himalayan glacier bodes ill for half
> billion people living downstream in India. They indicate that
> high-altitude glaciers are no longer accumulating ice due to climate
> change. This could hit future water supplies.
> These missing markers of radiation are remnants from atomic bomb tests
> a half-century ago, as in the Naimona'nyi glacier in Tibet.
> Seasonal runoff from glaciers like Naimona'nyi feeds the Indus, the
> Ganga and the Brahmaputra rivers.
> In some places, for some months each year, those rivers are severely
> depleted now, researchers said. The absence of new ice accumulating on
> the glaciers will only worsen that problem.
> Lonnie Thompson, professor of earth sciences at Ohio State University
> (OSU), feared that other high altitude glaciers like the 6,050-metre-
> high Naimona'nyi glacier may be facing similar problems.
> "I think that this has tremendous implications for future water
> supplies in the Andes, as well as the Himalayas, and for people living
> in those regions."
> "When you think about the millions of people over there who depend on
> the water locked in that ice, if they don't have it available in the
> future, that will be a serious problem," he said.
> "The current models that predict river flow in the region have taken
> recent glacial 'retreat' into account," said Natalie Kehrwald,
> doctoral student at OSU and co-author of the paper. "But they haven't
> considered that some of these glaciers are actually thinning."
> The researchers' recent work has shown similar thinning on glaciers in
> Africa and South America in the past few years, according to an OSU
> Working on the project with Thompson and Kehrwald were professor of
> geography Ellen Mosley-Thompson, Mary Davis, and Yao Tandong, of the
> Institute for Tibetan Plateau Research with the Chinese Academy of
> These findings were published in Geophysical Research Letters.
Vishwa Mohan Tiwari