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Glacieres in Himalaya are melting slower as expected

A new study shows, in years 2003-2010 about 4 billion metric tons of  Himalayan glacier's ice melted away, that's less then 10 percent of the amount that was predicted before.

  Author: mat | Source: dailymail.co.uk | 21st February 2012  

In 2007, the United Nations published  a study that predicted total dissapearance of glaciers until the year 2035. According to the study, a 50 billion tons of ice in Himalaya glaciers should have melted until the year 2010. Worrying information about the glacier melt-down provoked the researchers of Colorado University, who published a new study based on satellite imagery of glaciers, the study UN conducted was based on glacier samples.

Instead of 50 billion tons of Himalaya glacier's ice, "only" 4 billion tons of ice is most likely to melt, which  is less then 10 percent of what was predicted until recently.

Studies and predictions of glaciers melting world wide is suppose to be over exaggerated as well, all glaciers together are losing about 140 billions of mass per year, which is more then 30 percent less then previously evaluated. There are about 200.000 glaciers scattered around our planet Earth and their melting is believed to be responsible for ocean water rise of about 1 millimeter per year. And for an interesting piece of information, from the year 1900, sea levels has risen for about 18 centimeters (7 inches).

Not only melting glaciers cause the sea levels to rise, at least half of a blame goes to the sea getting warmer and it expands as a consequence. Some studies say, sea water levels, for all the reasons mentioned are rising for about 3.5 millimeters per year, if the sea levels would continue to rise at such pace, until the year 2100 the sea water levels would have risen for 2 meters (6.5 feet).


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NikMan, 22nd Feb 2012, 11:22 AM
It' a good question how many miths exists today. I am sure that after nuclear age, we can say for this period a myth age.

We have to use our knowledge and stop believing all the fears around us!
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KimmyK, 22nd Feb 2012, 2:08 PM
Things are going to get better, I'm sure of that, we ARE slow learners though.

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