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Scientists: Karakoram Glaciers Growing In Spite Of Global Warming


Researchers from Newcastle University in the UK have identified a large scale circulation system – or vortex – centred over the Karakoram mountain range.

In winter, the vortex affects the temperature over the whole 2,000 kilometre mountain range, but in the summer the vortex contracts and has an effect only over the Karakoram and western Pamir, a mountain range in Central Asia.

This induces an anomalous cooling in summer which is different to the warming seen over the rest of the Himalaya, researchers said.

This Karakoram vortex goes some way to explaining why the glaciers in this region are behaving differently to those in most other parts of the world, they said.

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