The Nature Geoscience Journal published a study on April 15 reporting that some glaciers near the Himalayas mountain range has gained a small amount of mass between 1999 and 2008 according to The Christian Science Monitor.
The Karakoram mountain range’s small growth has knocked the global trend of glacial decline. France’s University of Grenoble provided the research that estimates the mountain has gained around 0.11 to 0.22 meters (0.36 feet to 0.72 feet) per year according to the Monitor.
According to the BBC, the reason for the growth is unclear, as glaciers in the other parts of the Himalayas are losing mass. The BBC also states the range is technically a separate chain that is often regarded as part of the Himalayas.
The mountain range is home to the second highest mountain in the world, K2, and was hard to confirm due to its remoteness in earlier research. The mountain straddles parts of China, Pakistan and India.
The Monitor reports “the Himalayas hold the planet’s largest body of ice outside the polar caps and feed many of the world’s great rivers, including the Ganges and Brahmaputra, on which hundreds of millions of people depend.”
“Apparently, the situation in the Karakoram is a little different (from elsewhere), which means that the glaciers are stable for the time being,” Julie Gardelle of the University of Grenoble in southeastern France told AFP, via Edmonton Journal. “But it does not detract in any way from the evidence for overall global warming,” she cautioned.