In 2010 an ice island measuring 250 square km (100 square miles) broke off the same glacier.
In most parts of the world, mountain glaciers are waning in response to global warming but the situation in Karakoram mountain range, home to the world’s second highest peak, K2, and straddling parts of China, Pakistan and India, defy the global trend and its glaciers getting thicker instead, say researchers.
Melting ice from mountain glaciers particularly in Asia, are having a much smaller effect on sea levels than previously thought, with a ‘negligible mass loss’ over the last ten years.
United Nations’ (UN) scientists unveiled a report that man-made climate change has already boosted heatwaves and flood provoking rainfall and is likely to contribute to future natural disasters.
Some discoveries have augmented significant signs into the past of human migration, diet, health and ethnic origins according to Maria Victoria Monsalve, a pathologist of British Columbia who studies ice mummies.
There was a slowdown noted in Arctic warming in 2009, but in the first half of 2010 warming has been near a record pace, with monthly readings over 4 degrees Celsius (7.2 Fahrenheit) above normal in northern Canada according to the report card.