G.B. Pant Institute of Himalayan Environment and Development (GBPIHED) released the Report titled Estimation of retreat of Gangotri glacier on 7 January 2014. The estimation of retreat has been measured using rapid static and kinematic GPS survey.
There is some disintegration in the upper regions of the Gangotri glaciers due to tectonic activities.
Retreat of Gangotri glaciers in this decade was higher than in the previous decade due to global warming.
About Gangotri Glaciers
• The Gangotri is one of the largest Himalayan glaciers in Uttarkashi district, Uttarakand.
• The glaciers originate at about 7100 meter above the sea level and are 30.2 km long and width that varies between 0.5 and 2.5 km.
• The River Bhagirathi, one of the main tributaries of the Ganga, originates from Gangotri glacier.
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When: 7 January 2014