Himalayan Phenomenon: These Glaciers Won't Melt

16.04.2012

Ледники Гималаев таять не хотят!Global climate change leads to fast decrease of planet’s icecaps and glaciers. However, not all of them follow this trend: some glaciers keep growing! For example, this happens in the Himalayas.

Thickness of glaciers at the Karakoram Range in the north-western part of the Himalayas has been increasing by 11-13 cm (4-5 inches) each year. This phenomenon holds down rising of the Oceans level, decreasing it by 0.006 mm per year.

This situation is observed only at a rather small territory of the Karakoram Range of 5.6 square kilometers (2.2 square miles). Other glaciers of the Himalayas keep decreasing by 70 cm (27.6 inches) in thickness each year. Geologists are yet to find an answer why it is happening. The mystery might be unveiled by the end of 2012, after the expedition performed by the University of Grenoble, France.