Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Global Warming Warning for India

THE WORLD'S highest battle­ field has vanished by half, but not quite the way peaceniks would want it.

Geological field evidence has established for the first time that the original length of the 19,000 -feet high Siachen Glacier, in what is currently Indian territory, was 150 kilometres, an Indian researcher said. It is now down to 74 kilometres.

That melting process could touch the lives of millions across Pakistan, where much 'of the lifeline Indus River is fed by waters from the Nubra and Shyok rivers that originate from the Siachen and a tributary glacier called Rimo.

Melting of glaciers - slow­ moving rivers of ice - can cause flooding, landslides and lakes 'that can burst, like Tibet's Parchu Lake in June 2005.

"There is now evidence that global warming has caused the Siachen Glacier to recede by at least 76 kilometre - and this doesn't include its other tongues and territory in Pakistan," Dr. Rajeev Upadhay, of the geology department at Nainital's Kumaun University, told Hindustan Times.

Upadhyay, whose paper on his findings appeared last week in the journal Current & science, has studied the glacier since 1995.

Adding to the heat of the elections, this April would be the scorching sun. This year's warm winter allow rainfall in January and February have dried up many perennial water sources in the Himalayan region, affecting lifeline rivers like the Ganga, Yamuna and Sutlej. there now, but several thou­ sand Indian and Pakistan soldiers are deployed at Siachen, the site of one of the border disputes between the two countries.

More than 500 Indian soldiers have died, but mostly due to sunburns and frostbites in temperatures than plunge to ­ 40 degrees C.

Upadhyay shrugged off the view that military activity in the region has caused all the damage.

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Bhuvan Chand said...

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