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1st Study of Kumaon’s Largest Glacier Begins: Research To Focus On Impact Of Climate Change

Scientists at GB Pant National Institute of Himalayan Environment in Almora have begun studying Kumaon’s Milam Glacier, the second largest in the state after Gangotri Glacier.

Study of Kumaon's Largest Glacier Begins
Source: ToI (30 Nov 2023)

Milam Glacier is situated 61 km from Munsiyari (Uttarakhand), standing at an elevation of 4,250 meters above sea level. It serves as the origin point for the Gori Ganga, a significant tributary of the river Kali. The glacier’s importance lies in its contribution to the region’s water resources.

The study’s primary objective is to understand the changes occurring in the Milam Glacier due to global warming. Scientists aim to collect precise data on the glacier’s retreat, the alteration in river flow, the rate of melting, the shift since formation, and the broader impact of climate change on the Kumaon region.

Scientists have visited the glacier to gather necessary information for the first-of-its-kind study. The study encompasses a comprehensive analysis of various factors, including the changing surface height of the glacier and its annual decrease. Prior research on the area has indicated a concerning trend—the Milam Glacier is melting.

Understanding the dynamics of Milam Glacier is crucial for predicting future water resource availability and the potential impact on river systems. The study’s outcomes will contribute to developing strategies to mitigate the adverse effects of climate change in the Kumaon region.

Source: https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/travel/travel-news/uttarakhand-no-inner-line-permit-required-to-visit-milam-glacier/articleshow/104181811.cms

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Bhuvi Uniyal
Bhuvi Uniyal
Hailing from Uttarkashi, Uttarakhand, Bhuvi Uniyal is a professional marketer and a dedicated trekking enthusiast. Since 2018, he has pursued a career in marketing, all the while nurturing his love for the mountains. At Himalayan Dream Treks, Bhuvi manages the website, leads the marketing team, and strategizes marketing campaigns. Bhuvi shares a deep connection with the Himalayas. Over the years, he has trekked across the Garhwal, Kumaon, and Himachal regions. Additionally, he regularly volunteers with various NGOs that work for the betterment of these majestic peaks.

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