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Central Asia: Melting Glaciers Could Affect Millions In Region DLESE Reviewed Collection
Research in Europe, Asia, Africa, and the Americas all point to the same conclusion: climate change is causing the world's glaciers to melt at an increasingly rapid pace. It is a phenomenon that may prove catastrophic for the millions of people in the world who depend on ice melt for their fresh water supply. This transcript of a broadcast story from Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty summarizes the findings of researchers who agree that warmer temperatures and below-average snowfalls are causing most of the world's 160,000 glaciers to shrink or disappear. The problem is especially acute in Central Asia, where about seventy-five per cent of the river runoff comes from glaciers.
Intended for grade levels:
  • High (9-12)
  • General public
Type of resource:
  • Text:
    • Report
  • Atmospheric science
  • Climatology
  • Environmental science
Technical requirements:
No specific technical requirements, just a browser required
Cost / Copyright:
No cost
Copyright 2004 RFE/RL, Inc. All Rights Reserved
DLESE Catalog ID: DWEL-000-000-000-356
Educational standards:
  • National Science Education Standards (NSES):
    • 9-12:
      • D - Earth and space science:
        • Energy in the earth system
      • F - Science in personal / social perspectives:
        • Natural and human-induced hazards
        • Natural resources
  • National Geography Standards:
    • Environment and society:
      • How physical systems affect human systems
Resource contact / Creator / Publisher:
Publisher: Don Jensen
Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty