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On Thinner Ice

A quick visual tour of some of the world’s highest glaciers on the Himalayan Mountain Range and other regions on the Tibetan Plateau. With the match photography contrast, let’s trace back what these giant ice sheets looked like 80, 40 or 20 years ago and how much they have thinned down, or melted up into the air. These images document glaciers at the foot of Mt. Everest, those in eastern Qinghai Province and in Tianshan Mountains in Xinjiang, and also expanding lakes due to accelerated glacial meltdown and shrinking lakes thanks to a drying and desertifying trend in some areas at lower altitudes. The picture is bleak and alarming.

This visual tour is to be continued with more images from other glaciers in the coming months.

Image credits: David Breashears, Royal Geographical Society, Jimmy Chin, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Greenpeace China.

One Response to “Disappearing Glaciers on the Tibetan Plateau 1”

  1. Mei Zhang Says:

    The receding ice line looks like the receding gum line of an aging human. Worth remembering.

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