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Posted Wed Oct 28 2009: from BBC:
Melting Kyrgyz glaciers pose threat
...The majority of Kyrgyzstan is mountainous and we are surrounded by snow-capped peaks. Mr Ermenbaev says the size of the surrounding mountain lakes is further evidence of the effects of global warming. "When a glacier starts melting it creates small lakes, and each year the size of those lakes is growing," he says. He adds that when the lakes get too big, the water overflows and rushes down the valleys and gorges, potentially threatening the settlements in its path....even if the water is stored downstream in reservoirs it evaporates much more quickly than it would in colder temperatures at higher altitude.
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