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Glaciers melting with varying rates, says government

According to the reports all the major glaciers are melting at the 5 to 20 metre rate annually

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Publish Date: Jul 20 2016 1:34PM | Updated Date: Jul 20 2016 1:34PM

Glaciers melting with varying rates, says government

The glaciers are retreating at varying rates from 5-20 metre per year, said Environment Minister Anil Madhav Dave.He said the studies carried out on melting of glaciers by the in-situ measurements as well as remote sensing data indicate that the rate of retreat is “not uniform” for all glaciers.

 
According to the environmental news, Dokriani glacier in Bhagirathi basin is retreating between 15 and 20 metre per year since 1995 whereas Chorabari glacier in the Alaknanda basin is retreating 9 to 11 metre per year (2003-2014).
 
“The studies carried out by ISRO, Wadia Institute of Himalayan Geology (WIGH) Dehradun and other institutions in collaboration. They have revealed that majority of the glaciers are retreating (melting) at varying rates from 5-20 metre per year,” Environment Minister Anil Madhav Dave said.
 
He further revealed that Gangotri is one of the largest glaciers (30 km long) of Uttarkahand followed by Satopanth glacier (14 km) and both of the glaciers are “retreating” but “not at an alarming rate”.
 
“There is no proposal with the government to seek foreign assistance for research on climate change in the Himalayan region,” said the minister to a question whether the government is proposes to seek foreign assistance for research on climate change in the region.