It has been losing about 8. 3 billion tons of ice a year, compared 4. 3 billion tons a year between 1975 and 2000, according to the study released Wednesday. This Jan. 3, 1976 photo made by the National Reconnaissance Office shows Mount Everest at center.
The Asian mountain range, which includes Mount Everest, has been losing ice at a rate of about 1 percent a year since 2000, according to a recent study in the journal Science Advances.
"The amount of ice (lost) is scary but what is much more scary is the doubling of the melt rate," said Josh Maurer, a glacier researcher at Columbia University’s Lamont Doherty Earth Observatory and lead author of the study.
But the loss of the ice means current and future disruptions of water supplies — both surges and shortages — for the hundreds of millions of people in the region who rely on it for hydropower, agriculture, and drinking, said study co-author Jorg Schaefer, a climate geochemistry professor at Columbia.
The region called "The Third Pole" because it has so much ice is melting at twice the rate it was before the year 2000, a recent study revealed.
It's among once-classified Cold War era spy satellite images showing scientists that glaciers on the Himalayas are now melting about twice as fast as they used to.
Scientists lacked some critical data on ice in the Himalayas until Maurer found once-classified 3D images from U. S. spy satellites that had been put online.
WASHINGTON — Cold War era spy satellite images are showing scientists that glaciers on the Himalayas are now melting about twice as fast as they used to.