Chitral’s Thinning Glaciers
When lightning strikes and thunder rumbles upon a glacier, part of it heats up and melts. Sometimes, the vibration cracks the glacier and initiates its gradual breakdown.
The people of Chitral are concerned about their glaciers because lightning and thunder are becoming more and more common in the region. This could trigger natural disasters (Chitral has a history of Glacial Lake Outburst Floods). Very importantly, this also chips away at the region’s 542 glaciers-- a key freshwater resource for communities there.
Read more about Chitral, its glaciers and its people in the latest post on TheWaterBlog (Thinning Glaciers) by Karim Nawaz and Frank van Steenbergen from the Spate Irrigation Network.
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