Lakes in Hol Xil of China

According to a latest research made by The Chinese Academy of Sciences, notable expansion of saline water in the lakes of Hol Xil on the Qinghai-Tibet Plateau, west China has been noted. Researchers are believing that it might have caused due to the melting of glacier and permafrost aquifer around the lakes.

With a wide coverage over 83,000 square kilometres, Ho Xil is China’s largest unpopulated reserve, sitting over 4,600 meters above the sea level. Chumar River beautifies its southern-east part. The place is a perfect destination for those who want to see wild yak and the endangered Tibetan antelopes but soon is heading towards a danger of being drained by swelling lakes.

Qinghai Province meteorological data have put forward some remarkable data that indicates 20.7mm per decade expansion of this volcanic lake during 1961 to 2014. Adding to that, the report also showed a 0.32 degree Celsius rise in temperature per decade that has caused the expansion of its saline water level.

The results are also shocking as one can see a 67 square kilometre plus expansion of Hoh Xil lake, that once used to be 259 square kilometres in 1989. In a similar manner, Nor lake has also expanded over 50% and is now surfacing on 77 square kilometres and Yanhu Lake increased from 30 to 147 square kilometres. All above expansions are noted in between the period of 1989 to 2015. Thus, climate alarmists have raised the issue on the global platform.

The lake is present in the north-western part of Qinghai-Tibet Plateau. This plateau is getting warmer day by day. This might be attributed to melting glacier layer and increased level of carbon emission gas in the environment. Liu Baokang, senior engineer with Qinghai Provincial Academy of Meteorological Sciences told that lakes are growing continuously since 2006 which he and his team have come to know after sampling several salt lakes in the reserve.

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