An Indian Civilizational Perspective

How we are Raping the Himalayas!

Photo Sharing and Video Hosting at PhotobucketThe world is changing. And rapidly. The Global Warming – a direct result of increased industrialization is condemning the future of our kids like nothing has ever done before! Here is what the kids of Tenzing Norgay and Edmund Hillary found on their way to the Mount Everest. Things could not be worse!

  • Base Camp of Everest has sunk 132 feet!
  • The Glacier from where the duo made their final ascent has gone back 5 kilometers!
  • Scientists predict that most glaciers will shrink to just patches of ice.

This picture from Amarnath – very VIVIDLY shows what global warming and mindless religious fervour can do!! There was a story on Zee where some guys had gotten access to the caves months before the real deal began and they were caught on video doing all sorts of things including touching and ‘drinking water’ from the ice itself. What a mindless idiots would try to do that?

"Base camp used to sit at 5,320 meters. This year it was at 5,280 meters because the ice is melting from the top and side. Base camp is sinking each year," said Peter Hillary, who himself has twice reached Everest’s summit.

"For Sherpas living on Mount Everest this is something they can see every day but they can’t do anything about it on their own," he added.

The glacier where Hillary and Tenzing made their base camp before ascending the 29,198-foot summit on May 29, 1953 has retreated three miles (five kilometres) in the past 20 years, The Independent said.

Scientists, it said, predict that all glaciers in the Himalayas, which range from half a mile to more than three miles long, could end up as small patches of ice within 50 years if global warming is not checked.

"The glaciers have receded a great deal since my father’s time," said Jamling Tenzing, who climbed Everest with Peter Hillary in 2002.

"There are many things he wouldn’t recognize today. The glacier on which base camp sits has melted to such a degree that it is now at a lower altitude. I think the whole face of the mountains is changing," he said.

Peter Hillary warned of devastating effects if glaciers continue to melt, form huge lakes and then burst their banks.

"I’ve seen the result of glacial lakes bursting their banks and it’s catastrophic," he was quoted as saying.

"It’s like an atomic bomb has gone off. Everywhere is rubble. The floods of the past are nothing compared with the size of what we are threatened with," he added.

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2 Comments
  1. Sudeep says

    Desh, True. This is certainly a matter of concern for all of us and I guess we would all have to pay the price for the same. I did not know that base camp has sunk 132 feets. This is a surprising figure. I wonder and pray that things become good.

  2. Sudeep says

    Desh, True. This is certainly a matter of concern for all of us and I guess we would all have to pay the price for the same. I did not know that base camp has sunk 132 feets. This is a surprising figure. I wonder and pray that things become good.

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