Tsho Rolpa

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Tsho Rolpa (also Chho Rolpa) is one of the biggest glacial lakes in Nepal. The lake, which is located at an altitude of 4,580 metres (15,030 ft) in the Dolakha District, has grown considerably over the last 50 years due to glacial melting in the Himalayas.[1] The lake threatens to burst through its unstable dam, which would threaten the lives and livestock of over 6000 villagers living around the Tamakoshi River.[1][2] In 2012, the UNDP reported that an early warning system installed by the authorities in the late 1990s, which became defunct through lack of maintenance, will be replaced by a more modern warning system for glacial floods from the lake.[3][2]

District Dolakha
Average depth 55 metres (180 ft)
Maximum depth 270 metres (890 ft)
Length 3.2 kilometres (2.0 mi)
Average width 0.58 kilometres (0.36 mi)
Area 1.39 square kilometres (0.54 sq mi)
Water in the lake 76.6 million m³[4]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Melting Himalayan Glaciers May Doom Towns National Geographic 7 May 2002, retrieved on 21 November 2010
  2. ^ a b Tsho Rolpa to get early warning system The Himalayan Times 23 May 2012, accessed 9 January 2013
  3. ^ Chho-Rolpa warning sirens lying defunct The Himalayan Times 13 June 2010, accessed 21 November 2010
  4. ^ Yamada, Tomomi (March 1998). "Glacier Lake and its Outburst Flood in the Nepal Himalaya". Monograph - Data Center for Glacier Research: 48. Retrieved 28 May 2013. 

Coordinates: 27°52′N 86°28′E / 27.867°N 86.467°E / 27.867; 86.467