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Reasons for the Karakoram Anomaly

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Reasons for the Karakoram Anomaly

Recently, the issue of Karakoram Anomaly has been resolved by scientists.

The Karakoram Anomaly is a condition of stagnant or abnormal growth of glaciers in the central Karakoram.

This is in contrast to the phenomenon of glacial retreat in the nearby mountain ranges of the Himalayas and other mountain ranges of the world.

Researchers recently published a study. It confirms a new theory to explain why glaciers in the Karakoram range did not melt due to global warming.

The role of temperature in the formation and persistence of this anomaly was underlined in previous studies. For the first time, this anomaly has been attributed to rainfall.

Reason for the Karakoram anomaly

  • The reactivation of western disturbances has been instrumental in producing and maintaining this anomaly.
  • The contribution of Western Disturbances in increasing snowfall over the main glacial regions of Karakoram has increased by about 27% in recent decades. At the same time, the rainfall received from sources other than the Western Disturbance has decreased by about 17%.
  • One of the main reasons for the formation of this anomaly is the winter rainfall associated with the Western Disturbance over the Karakoram-Himalayas.

Karakoram Range:

  • The Karakoram and Pir Panjal ranges lie to the north-west and south of the Himalayan range. A large part of the Karakoram range is disputed between India and Pakistan.
  • The length of Karakoram is about 500 And in it many of the top peaks of the earth are located. K-2, whose height is 8,611 meters, and which is the second highest peak in the world, is located in the Karakoram range.
  • The Hindu-Kush range which is considered an extension of the Karakoram range is located in Afghanistan. Karakoram has the highest number of glaciers after the polar regions.
  • Siachen Glacier and Biafo Glacier; The world’s second and third largest glaciers, respectively, are located in this range.

Source – The Hindu

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