Lakes formed from melting glaciers are making the Himalayas less stable

Owen King
Lakes formed from melting glaciers are making the Himalayas less stable

There are almost 22,000km² of glacier ice in the Himalaya, the spectacular arc of mountains that stretches from north-west India to south-east China. For scientists, the behaviour of glaciers provides the clearest indication of climatic change in high mountain regions. Recent research has shown that most glaciers in the Himalaya are shrinking, most likely because of long-term increases in temperature.