Karakoram Glaciers Have Grown

Ice still melting in other regions


Scientists from France and Canada on Sunday published new data that suggests glaciers in the Karakoram region of the Himalayas have grown in the last decade despite an increase in global temperatures. The team used 3D altitude maps and gravity measurements derived from satellites in 2000 and 2008 to track changes in glacial ice mass. “In our warming world, there are regions of the Earth where, for a few years or decades, the atmosphere is not warming or is even cooling,” Julie Gardelle, who led the research at CNRS-Université Grenoble, said. The Karakoram’s steep-sided valleys catch more snow and less heat than other regions, occasionally sending devastating avalanches into the glaciers below. Other scientists have praised the research but caution that 30 years is a more appropriate study period.

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