A marked reduction in the area of the longest valley glacier on Mount Tsilyanshan in western China

In recent years, a noticeable reduction in the area long valley glacier called 12th Laohugou glacier on Mount Tsilyanshan, located at the junction of the provinces of Qinghai and Gansu / Northwest China /. These are the results of recent studies conducted by Chinese glaciologists.

Laohugou — the largest valley glacier Nan. Photo: wiki.risk.ru

Employees of the Research Institute of Environmental Science and Engineering of cold and arid areas of the country at the Academy of Sciences of China and glacial station Tsilyanshan on researches concluded that the melting of the glacier Laohugou closely linked to climate change.

The data show that in 1957-2008 years. trend increasing mean annual air temperature in the area of the glacier Laohugou, especially in 1997-1998., while the annual average increased by 1 degree. For the period after 2000, despite fluctuations in the air temperature in the area of the glacier, the trend of growth continued.

Glaciers are an important source of water in the Mount Tsilyanshan, they feed the rivers, which in turn are essential to the life of the people, economic development and environment of the region, "Hesiysky corridor." Against the background of increased temperatures accelerated melting of glaciers, according to experts, will have a significant impact on water resources in the Mount Tsilyanshan.

Source: People's Daily.

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