Thousands of lakes in the Himalayas overflow due to rising global temperature

The Himalayas have already undergone a number of changes due to climate change - as a result of melting glaciers in the mountains from 2003 to

2010 formed 85 new lakes. Ponds were formed naturally as a result of water flowing from glaciers down the mountain slopes.

Since the lakes formed quickly enough,their shores are unstable - in case of overflow, water can destroy a natural dam, moraine, consisting of loose rock and earth. Its destruction will lead to flooding of settlements located in the foothills.

Researchers have compiled a computer model onbased on data on glacial lakes and moraines in the Himalayas and came to the conclusion that more than 5 thousand lakes in these mountains can become unstable over the next 10 years.

Modeling showed that flood risk inthe eastern parts of the Himalayas are three times higher than in other regions. The paper notes that approximately two-thirds of the glaciers in the Himalayas will disappear in the next 10 years - this will increase the volume of water in the lakes and will pose a serious threat to those living in the foothills.

It was previously reported that as a result of the collisionIndia and Eurasia, which occurred 65–70 million years ago, the mantle under the Hindustan Peninsula broke into four segments. This explains the seismic activity in some areas of Tibet, and not throughout the region.