INDIA, GANGOTRY JUNE 2015;
Gangotri Glacier is one of the primary sources of the Ganges and it is one of the largest in the Himalayas with an estimated volume of over 27 cubic kilometers. The terminus of the Gangotri Glacier is said to resemble a cow's mouth, and the place is called Gomukh.
The Gangotri glacier is a traditional Hindu pilgrimage site. Devout Hindus consider bathing in the icy waters near Gangotri town to be a holy ritual, and many made the trek to Gomukh. The Gangotri glacier is rapidly disintegrating, states the latest observation of a team from the Almora-based G.B. Pant Institute of Himalayan Environment and Development.
The team of the institute, which has been monitoring the Himalayan glaciers, particularly the Gangotri, since 1999, visited the glacier between June and October, this year. Kireet Kumar, Scientist in the Glacial Study Centre of the institute, said, “Our team has been observing disintegration in the snout of the Gangotri glacier for around three year now “
A 2008 research report stated: “ The Gangotri glacier is retreating like other glaciers in the Himalayas and its volume and size are shrinking as well ”
The glacier has retreated more than 1,500 meters in the last 70 years.
@Giulio Di Sturco