It's a known fact that our glaciers are melting at an alarming rate, however glaciers are growing in the Himalayan Mountains.



Himalayan Glaciers Are Growing, Not Receding | Global What?

Hubbard Glacier Calving

Hubbard Glacier Calving, AK

Regardless of what your views on Climate Change are or aren’t, it’s a known fact that our glaciers are melting at an alarming rate.  One of the greatest examples of glacial retreat can be found at Glacier National Park in Montana.  In 1850, there were approximately 150 glaciers in Glacier National Park.  When the park was officially formed 60 years later in 1910, there were still approximately 150 glaciers in the park.  Scientists believe that most of the glaciers formed in the park about 7000 years ago and peaked in size near the end of the “Little Ice Age” around 1850.  Today in the park there are 38 glaciers left, only 10 of those are considered to be “active” or larger than 25 acres.  At the current rate of melt, there may not be any glaciers in GLACIER National Park by the mid 2020’s.

It has long been believed and accepted that globally all glaciers have been stagnant or in retreat.  This has even been observed in the ice sheets of Greenland and Antarctica.  As with all things in life, there is an exception to the rule.  It has been observed that some Himalayan glaciers are actually increasing in mass.  The study was conducted in the Karakoram range that sits on the India, China, and Pakistan boarder.  Contained within the range is approximately half of the glacial mass of the Himalayas.  Notably, K2, the world’s second highest peak sits in this range.  Using computers to analyze images from 1999 through 2008 showed that some glaciers are remaining the same size while other are growing in size.  Adding credibility to the most recent study is another study published in February that found the Himalayas as whole have hardly melted at all in the last decade.


K2, located in the Karakoram Range

“The rest of the glaciers in the Himalayas are mostly melting … here we found that glaciers aren’t.” – Researcher Julie Gardelle

Scientists are baffled as to why this is the only known region of the world to contain growing glaciers and the hypothesis’s vary.  One of the theories suggests that due to an increase in temperature, there is an increase of seasonal monsoonal rains.  Despite the increasing volume of the glaciers, it is still suggested that most Himalayan glaciers will disappear by 2035.

The above video shows the retreat of the Jorge Montt Glacier in Patagonia.  Over the course of one year the glacier receded nearly half a mile, or 82 feet each day.

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Glacial Retreat

Glacial Retreat from 1851 - 2006


Glacial Retreat

Sawyer Glacier in Alaska 2004-2007

  • UtahPowder

    glaciers can have a yo yo effect and will have several years of expansion and than several years of retreat due to seasonal weather. Obviously we’re not in an ice age anymore so they all have retreated from when they were created.

      • dontbekook

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      • Niko Woodwarski

        Obviously my man here takes his biodiesel El Camino to Squaw. He stops by Whole Foods for an organic soy bar and fair-trade coffee. He definitely buys skis that were made using only electricity produced by a hand crank. He never travels by boat, bus, or airplane. In fact he never travels outside of the Tahoe area at all. Oh, and he single-handedly made the word kook cool again.

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