Melting glaciers around Mount Everest may be forming killer lakes | Science | AAAS
- Of the roughly 198,000 glaciers on the planet, more than a quarter are found in the Himalayas. But even this frigid expanse of ice and snowâ€”home to nine of the worldâ€™s 10 highest peaksâ€”is reeling from climate change. Many Himalayan glaciers are recedingâ€”and a new study of 32 glaciers around Mount Everest has found that those terminating in lakes have lost more ice mass than landlocked glaciers. Thatâ€™s a worrying trend because many glacial lakes form behind unstable debris dams that are poised to collapse and send disastrous floods hurtling down valleys.