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Siachen Glacier receding
NOOR-UL-QAMRAIN  Srinagar | 5th Oct 2013

he Siachen glacier is receding because of Indian and Pakistani military activities. The armies of the two countries drop "1,000 tonnes of garbage daily" on the glacier, says Bansi Lal of United Nations Development Programme. Lal says that the 70 km long glacier has receded by 800 metres in the last 23 years, with the garbage accumulating there for years in sub zero temperatures. Climate change in the region is playing its part in the melting of the Himalayan glaciers, according to the International Centre For Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD). The Indian Army captured the glacier on 13 April 1984. Both sides have stationed 10,000 soldiers each on the glacier.

A scientist, Supriya Bezbaruah, has said, "If the pollution by soldiers keeps piling up and the melting of the glacier continues, this water reservoir may dry up in another 50 years." Professor S. Hasnain of Delhi's Jawaharlal University has said that there is evidence that the core of the glacier is melting and multiple reasons are precipitating the damage.

"Whatever be the timeframe, the fact is that if the Himalayan glaciers disappear," said Dr Mohammad Sultan Bhat of the Department of Earth Sciences in the University of Kashmir. Scientists are also worried that the glacial melt will result in flash floods.

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