Midnight In The Desert — glacier

A Grim Future For Earth’s ‘Third Pole’

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A Grim Future For Earth’s ‘Third Pole’

There’s so much ice packed into the high mountains of Asia that scientists call it Earth’s “Third Pole.” The Himalayas and the Tibetan Plateau hold the largest reserves of freshwater outside the Arctic and Antarctic. Here, thousands of glaciers form the headwaters for 10 of Asia’s largest rivers, which help supply the region with drinking water, crop irrigation and hydroelectric power. These glaciers are already melting because of climate change. Now, in a study published Wednesday in the journal Nature, researchers have modeled all the glaciers in Asia to try to unravel what will happen to them as Earth warms...

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Swiss glacier collapses, after hundreds evacuated

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Swiss glacier collapses, after hundreds evacuated

Geneva (AFP) - Part of the Swiss alpine glacier Trift in the country's south collapsed Sunday, but caused no damage or casualties and residents evacuated from the area can return home, police in Valais canton said. More than 220 people living in the ski resort of Saas-Fee had to leave their homes on Saturday as authorities feared a collapse of the glacier could trigger an ice avalanche which could reach the village. The lower part of the glacier collapsed early Sunday but did not reach the houses, allowing residents to return and for a local road to reopen, though hiking...

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Massive Holes Suddenly Opening in World's Biggest Glacier

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Massive Holes Suddenly Opening in World's Biggest Glacier

It’s bad news when giant holes open in the middle of neighborhoods, swallowing cars and occasionally people into abysses formed by erosion, abandoned mines or faulty construction. It’s worse news when giant holes open in Siberia, releasing methane gas that was kept in check until climate change changed the permafrost. Now there are reports that massive holes are suddenly appearing in the world’s largest glacier. Another sign of the apocalypse? Are we running out of places to move (or hide)? “There was 100 meters of thick glacier before Now we see it down in a rock that has not been...

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Massive Glacial Wall Collapses In Front Of Tourists [Video]

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Massive Glacial Wall Collapses In Front Of Tourists [Video]

Amazing yet worrying footage from way up north. Read More: YouTube

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World's Largest Ice Sheet Melting Rapidly From Below

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World's Largest Ice Sheet Melting Rapidly From Below

The Totten glacier within the East Antarctic Ice Sheet (EAIS) is the most voluminous single mass of ice in the world. It is melting at an insane rate as warm water enters a cavity from below. Further greenhouse gas emissions into the atmosphere and oceans will increase water and air temperatures and could lead to a catastrophic 3.9 meters (12.8 feet) rise in sea levels in coming years. The Totten glacier is reaching the point of no return, as far as allowing the ocean to keep the planet cool, while the atmosphere has already passed that point. Scientists have over...

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