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Experts warn glaciers in Indian Kashmir melting

Scientists say rising temperatures are threatening Indian Kashmir

"If we had been here, in the same spot 10,000 years ago, we wouldn't be standing on sea ice; we'd probably be on a glacier extending down off the coast of Canada. If we went back 120,000 years we might be treading water." Oceanographer Eddy Carmack

SRINAGAR, India (AP) - Scientists say rising temperatures are threatening Indian Kashmir's glaciers and the water supply of millions of people in the Himalayan region.

The study by Kashmir University's geology and geophysics department blamed the effect on climate change. Scientists say the fast melting endangers the livelihoods of two-thirds of the region's nearly 10 million people. Many are engaged in agriculture, horticulture, livestock rearing and forestry.

The Kolahoi glacier, the biggest in the Indian portion of divided Kashmir, has shrunk to about 4.44 square miles from about five square miles in the past 40 years.

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