|Glaciers Shrinking In Tibetan Plateau
||[Jan. 9th, 2007|11:50 am]
|January 05, 2007 19:53 PM || |
BEIJING, Jan 5 (Bernama) -- Glaciers in China's Qinghai-Tibet plateau, the source of water for many major rivers including in south and southeast Asia, are shrinking at a rate of 131 sq km annually.
Another 13,000 sq km or 28 per cent of the total glacier area would disappear by 2050 if protective measures are not taken, Xinhua News Agency said, citing a latest report by the China Geological Survey Bureau.
The melting of the glaciers at the world's highest plateau would bring abundant water to rivers, lakes and wetlands in the plateau in the short term.
"But as the glacier shrinkage accelerates, the plateau's total water storage will decrease rapidly," said Fang Hongbin, a remote sensing expert, was quoted as saying.
The ice on the outskirts of the plateau have melted by 10 per cent and in the hinterland, the glaciers have shrunk by five per cent.
The plateau is not only losing its glaciers but also wetlands which are dwindling rapidly due to environmental changes and human activity, Xinhua said.