China’s melting glacier draws tourists amid climate worries

China’s melting glacier draws tourists amid climate worries

News:

  1. Baishui No. 1 Glacier in China has lost 60% of its mass and shrunk 250 m since 1982, according to a 2018 report in the Journal of Geophysical Research.

Important Facts:

  1. As an impact of climate change, the glacier has lost 60 percent of its mass and shrunk 250 meters (820 feet) since 1982, according to the report.
  2. Millions of people each year are drawn to Baishui’s frosty beauty on the southeastern edge of the Third Pole.
  3. About Third pole:
  • It is a region in Central Asia with the world’s third largest store of ice after Antarctica and Greenland that’s roughly the size of Texas and New Mexico combined.
  • Third Pole glaciers are vital to billions of people from Vietnam to Afghanistan.
  • Asia’s 10 largest rivers including the Yangtze, Yellow, Mekong, and Ganges — are fed by seasonal melting.

 

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