The Thajiwas glacier, which is a major tourist attraction in Kashmir’s Sonmarg, is melting at a rapid pace, locals said.
uring the last two decades, the Thajiwas glacier, which is a major tourist attraction in Kashmir’s Sonmarg, is melting at a rapid pace, locals said.
Bilal Ahmad, a tourist guide in Sonmarg, told India Today TV that the change in the volume of the Thajiwas glacier is becoming more and more visible in recent times.
“Before 20 years, Thajiwas glacier was spread over huge area and tourists were able to get a glimpse of it in Sonmarg by just walking only a few meters. But, now they need to walk kilometers to see the glacier,” Ahmed said.
Many experts believe the reason for the melting of glaciers in the Himalayas is global warming. The impact is now visible in Kashmir as normal seasonal temperatures in the valley are changing.
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Nadiya Rasheed, an environmental science student, said, “In the month of October, we are witnessing temperatures of July here in Kashmir and this is due to the impact of global warming.”
Earlier, a study, published in the journal Scientific Reports, stated that glaciers in Jammu, Kashmir, and Ladakh are melting at a “significant” rate.
The study, published in the journal Scientific Reports, was carried over the Jammu, Kashmir, and Ladakh region, including areas across the Line of Control (LoC) and Line of Actual Control (LAC), and in all 12,243 glaciers were studied for thickness and mass changes.
“In general, it was observed that the glaciers in the Pir Panjal range are melting at the higher rate — more than one meter per year — while as the glaciers in the Karakoram range are melting relatively at a slower rate, around 10 cms per year,” noted Professor Shakil Ahmad Romshoo, corresponding author of the study, was quoted as saying by news agency PTI.
“Some glaciers are even advancing or stable in the Karakoram range. In other mountain ranges like the Greater Himalayan range, Zanskar range, Shamabari range, Leh ranges, the glaciers are undoubtedly melting but the rate of melting is variable,” Romshoo, Dean of Research at the University of Kashmir in Srinagar, said.