Pace of Mountain Ice Sheets Worldwide is Not Glacial
|Massive glacier shrinkage not only threatens water supplies, it also causes landslides and catastrophic flooding|
Massive glacier shrinkage not only threatens water supplies, it also causes landslides and catastrophic flooding
Cited as an example in the report was the Mengke Glacier in the Qilian Range which retreated at a rate of 26 feet a year between 1993 to 2005. The rate then doubled to 54 feet a year.
*In this case, we are talking about a positive feedback loop: global warming causes the glaciers to melt. As a result, the scale of the retreating ice sheets actually affects the local climate.