Ice stupas: the artificial mini glaciers bringing water to some of the driest, coldest places on Earth

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Glaciers are not just spectacular indicators of climate change as they shrink and disappear due to global warming. They are also, for many communities, an irreplaceable source of fresh water.

During the melting season in summer, a portion of mountain glacier surface releases water that is essential to the ecosystem in the valleys below, supplying vast cities – and industries – in places like South America and India.

But this meltwater is also essential to many remote rural communities for drinking water and crop irrigation. These include those living in the Ladakh Valley, a beautiful, 470km valley sandwiched between the Greater Himalayan and Karakoram mountain ranges, and home to 300,000 people up to 4000m above sea level.

Period29 Oct 2021

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