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People have built a glacier in the desert using a huge tower of ice


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People have built a glacier in the desert using a huge tower of ice

Humans 22 January 2020 By Jason Arunn Murugesu Greg White THE Himalayan desert of Ladakh is home to this majestic tower of ice, known as an ice stupa, after the domed Buddhist buildings. It is effectively an artificial glacier, created by local people to store water and designed to start melting when they need it.…

People have built a glacier in the desert using a huge tower of ice


Humans



22 January 2020

By Jason Arunn Murugesu

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THE Himalayan desert of Ladakh is home to this majestic tower of ice, known as an ice stupa, after the domed Buddhist buildings. It is effectively an artificial glacier, created by local people to store water and designed to start melting when they need it.

In winter, temperatures in Ladakh rarely rise much above -40°C, and can fall below freezing even on summer nights. The area receives little rain, so local people rely on melting glaciers to obtain water for irrigation and livestock.

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