Melting Glaciers Can Destroy Rivers in Central Asia

27.02.2014

Scientists are alarmed because of climate change in Kyrgyzstan which destroyed more that a third of glaciers. The glaciers are sources of many rivers of arid Central Asia. If these rivers shoal, the region will suffer from an ecological disaster. There are about six thousand glaciers in Kyrgyzstan, taking 4% of the country's territory. Almost all of them are located at an altitude of 2300 meters above sea level, in the mountains. However, the speed of glaciers melting highly increased last fifty years.

The Sary-Beles of Tien Shan and Pamir ranges glaciers are rapidly losing

Each year the glaciers of Kyrgyzstan lose from 0.7 to 34 meters in size! The catastrophy hasn't happened yet, but ecologists have already fixed changes in sourcing rivers. Currently, the country is creating a service that will monitor the state of glaciers and decide how to stop or at least slow their melting . In addition to government officials the professional group will include meteorologists and glaciologists.