Mt. Qo­molangma glaciers shrink 28% in 40 years

China Daily (Canada) - - NEWS CAPSULE -

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.

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