Meltdown: The Environmental Toll
Nearly 20 years of warfare have fouled the Siachen Glacier with toxic military detritus, devastating this remote high-altitude wilderness. As India takes the first tentative steps towards a cleanup, a grim future marches towards the millions that drink from the Siachen's meltwaters one cold drop at a time.
By Kevin Fedarko
Shooting the Siachen: Narrated Slide Show
Teru Kuwayama is the first American photographer to trek the remote front lines of the Siachen conflict. This gallery of online-only images from the world's highest battleground offers a revelatory look at the human cost and environmental fallout of a war without end.
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