Global warming turning Everest glacier into lake
Published 27/05/2011 | 05:00
GLOBAL warming has melted one of Mount Everest's most-visited glaciers into a vast and growing lake that now poses a threat to villagers and trekking tourists, scientists have warned.
A study of glacial melting in the high Himalaya found that the Imja glacier has melted from solid ice in the mid-1950s to a one-and-a-half-mile long lake today.
Scientists in Nepal said the lake is growing by 50 metres per year and is in danger of bursting its banks and flooding nearby villages and trekking routes. They predicted more than 7,500 people would be affected, including tourists on the popular Everest Base Camp route. (© Daily Telegraph, London)