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Melting Himalayan Glaciers May Doom Towns
This news article describes how mountain lakes in Nepal and Bhutan have become so overfilled by water from melting glaciers that they are in danger of overflowing. Scientists from the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP), along with remote-sensing experts from the International Center for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD), predict that in the next half decade or so, the Himalayas could experience intense flooding as mountain lakes overflow with water from glaciers and snowfields which are melting as a result of gradually rising global temperatures.
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DLESE Catalog ID: DLESE-000-000-008-870
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