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Scientists of the University of Exeter in the UK found that the area of vegetation in the Himalayas and, in particular, on Everest began to increase. While overgrown areas with irregular snow cover. About it reported in a press release on Phys.org.
The researchers studied the spread cover of the plants of low growth (grasses and shrubs), analyzing satellite data from 1993 to 2018. It turned out that on four different altitudes (from 4150 to 6000 meters) above sea level, there was a significant spread of plants. The most serious changes are observed at the altitude of 5000-5500 meters.
The obtained data are consistent with the theoretical models, according to which in the Himalayan region there is a decrease in areas where the temperatures are too low for plant growth, due to global warming.
The results of other studies show that the ice loss has doubled in the period 2000 to 2016. At the same time subnival zones of the system (non-permanent snow cover) cover a larger area, and little is known exactly how vegetation changes will affect the water balance. Subnival zones of the zone of the Himalaya feed the 10 largest rivers in Asia.
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