As glaciers melt, Bhutan faces increased risk of 'mountain tsunamis'

Source(s): Time Magazine Inc.

Climate change raises concern about water flows from melting Himalayan glaciers, which can break the natural ice dams that hold it in place and result in devastating floods, reports The Time. With 24 of its 2,674 glacial lakes considered unstable, Bhutan is preparing in the coming years for deadly "mountain tsunamis," as the phenomenon is sometimes referred to. Western scientists call this phenomenon a glacial-lake-outburst flood, or GLOF, and Bhutan is one of the first countries in the world to make GLOF prevention a national priority.

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