Glacier Current Affairs, GK & News

UNESCO: A Third of Glaciers in Word Heritage Sites will Disappear in 2050

The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) warned that several world heritage sites may become glacier-free by 2050. What are the findings of the UNESCO survey? A survey of 18,600 glaciers at 50 World Heritage Sites found that the glaciers at one-third of these sites will perish because of global warming regardless of ..

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NASA Ocean Melting Greenland Mission

The ocean waters are melting the glaciers in Greenland as much as the warm air is melting them from the above. The Ocean Melting Greenland mission, generally referred to as OMG mission was launched by NASA. It was a five year mission. It ended on December 31, 2021. The mission mainly measured the ice loss ..

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Glacier burst reported in Sumna, Neeti Valley

On April 23, 2021, a Glacier burst occurred in Sumna, Neeti Valley located in Chamoli district in India-China border. A Border Road Organisation Camp came under the avalanche. The Indian Army has so far rescued 291 persons. In February 2021, flash floods occurred in Chamoli district due to Glacial burst and killed dozens. Earlier the ..

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What are “Tarballs” fastening Himalayan Glacial melting?

The scientists from Zhejiang University have reported in their study that the percentage of tarballs has increased in the Himalayan region and this is increasing the glacial melt in the region. What are Tarballs? Tarballs are carbonaceous particles. They are capable of absorbing even small light. They are formed due to the burning ot fossil ..

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Pink Ice in Italian Alps is due to Algae

Italian scientists have found pink coloured glaciers in the Alps. According to the them, the pink colour is formed due to an algae found in the ice. Highlights The Italian researchers recently observed pink coloured snow on parts of Presena glacier of the Alps. According to them, the colorization is due to algae and is ..

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Watermelon snow

Snow off coast of Antarctica’s northern-most peninsular region took on a reddish tinge over the past few weeks due to algal activity. What is watermelon snow? Watermelon snow or blood snow is a phenomenon by which the snow takes on a reddish or pinkish tinge. This is because of algae producing reddish pigments that act ..

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