Climate change behind the changing course of Himalayan glaciers says a new study

A recent study by scientists has first time revealed that the Himalayan glacier has abruptly changed its usual course due to the climate change effects and the movement of the tectonic plates.


Indian researchers were studying the unnamed upper Kali Ganga valley of Uttarakhand's Pithoragarh district when they noticed this abnormal behaviour that the glacier have been displaced abruptly and changed its usual course. The study also confirmed that the movement in the glacier was the reason behind the catastrophic landslide in the hilly terrain of Chamoli which killed over 200 people.

The new study published in ‘Geoscience Journal’ by a team of scientists from Wadia Institute of Himalayan Geology (WIHG), Dehradun mentioned that the Himalayas are an active mountain range and highly fragile where tectonics and climate play a critical role.

"It is one of the unique behaviours of the glacier, and no such observation has so far been reported on this type of glacier kinematics,” the Ministry of Science & Technology said in a release.