Earth Science | VOL. 13, ISSUE 76, January-February 2013

The Glacial Lake Outburst Prone Regions of the Himalaya

Glacial lake outburst floods (GLOFs) are related to global warming. As the temperatures in the Himalaya soar, the glaciers retreat during the summer, leaving behind water filled, moraine dammed, precarious lakes holding huge amounts of water in a very unstable geomorphology. GLOFs have been known to occur in different parts of the world. In 1941, an outburst flood destroyed the city of Huaraz in Peru killing 4,500 people. Outbursts from a glacier-dammed lake in the Swiss Alps in 1968 and...

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