Mingyong Glacier

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Mingyong Glacier
Mingyong Glacier.jpg
Map showing the location of Mingyong Glacier
Map showing the location of Mingyong Glacier
TypeMountain glacier
Coordinates28°27′13″N 98°44′23″E / 28.45361°N 98.73972°E / 28.45361; 98.73972
Area13 km2 (5 mi2)[1]
Length11.7 km (7.2 mi)[1]

Mingyong Glacier is located in the Yunnan Province, People's Republic of China, The glacier retreated 200 meters (656 feet) in four years. The region has also seen a rising tree line and these events are believed to be associated with global warming. The glacier is sacred to the local Tibetan peoples.[2] The glacier is fed by snows which fall on 6,740 m (22,107 ft) Mount Meili, also known as the Meili Snow Mountain. Glaciers in China's Tibetan region are melting at 7 percent annually.[3] At 28.5 degrees north and an elevation of 2,700 meters (8,858 ft), the glacier is located at the lowest latitude and elevation of any glacier in China.[1]

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  1. ^ a b c "China Challenges Threats from Glacier Melting". China. People's Daily. Retrieved 2007-04-02.
  2. ^ Lauren, Miura (2007). "A Sacred Glacier Disappears in China". Climate Change. The Nature Conservancy. Retrieved 2007-04-02.
  3. ^ "Melting glacier impacts livelihoods". Reuters. Retrieved 2007-04-02.[dead link]