Mt. Qomolangma glaciers shrink 28% in 40 years
Glaciers on Mount Qomolangma, known as Mt. Everest in the West and the highest mountain in the world, have shrunk by 28 percent over the past 40 years due to climate change, causing the swelling of glacial lakes and higher river levels downstream, according to a report.
Qomolangma is a transliteration from Tibetan, meaning “goddess of mountain.” It is on the border between China and Nepal.
The glacial shrinkage area is compared to the measurements taken in the 1970s. The glacier area on the south slope of the mountain, in Nepal, has decreased 26 percent since the 1980s, according to the report co-released by the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS), Hunan University of Science and Technology, and Mount Qomolangma Snow Leopard Conservation Center.