NASA data shows glacial lakes swelling 50% due to climate change

Study finds a dramatic growth in volume since Mountain communities living downstream are at risk of devastating floods.

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"This is an issue for many parts of the world where people live downstream from these hazardous lakes, mostly in the Andes and in places like Bhutan and Nepal, where these floods can be devastating," lead author Dan Shugar of the University of Calgary said in a NASA release Monday.

In the mountains of Peru, melting glaciers have swollen the lakes that catch their meltwater, putting tens of thousands of people in major cities below in the path of potentially catastrophic floods.

Numerous lakes in the Andes sit below towering ice caps undergoing a phase change as climate change converts them to water gathering in the swollen basins.

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