Permalink: https://media.greenpeace.org/archive/Receding-of-Gangotri-Glacier-in-India-27MZIFLQPXWP.htmlConceptually similarReceding of Gangotri Glacier in IndiaGP01VB6Completed★★★★Receding of Gangotri Glacier in IndiaGP01VB5Completed★★★★Receding of Gangotri Glacier in IndiaGP01VBBCompleted★★★★Receding of Gangotri Glacier in IndiaGP01XYBCompleted★★★★Showing Proof of Glacier RecedingGP01VAVCompleted★★★★Sadhu Ram Nath in Indian HimalayasGP01VB0Completed★★★★★★Shepherd in Indian HimalayasGP01VBOCompleted★★★★Receding of Gangotri Glacier in IndiaGP01VAWCompleted★★★★Receding of Gangotri Glacier in IndiaGP01VB9Completed★★★★View AllGP01VATReceding of Gangotri Glacier in IndiaThe Indian government has been recording the retreat of the Gangotri glacier for many years. Signs along the route to the mouth of the glacier explain the extent of the melt, some date back as far as 1891.Locations:Gangotri-Himalayas-India-South Asia-UttarkhandDate:4 Jun, 2009Credit:© Greenpeace / Peter CatonMaximum size:6496px X 4872pxKeywords:Climate (campaign title)-Climate change-Climate change impacts-Day-Glacier melt-KWCI (GPI)-Outdoors-Rocks-TextShoot:Climate Voices from Gangotri IndiaThe source of the Ganges, Asia's longest and most auspicious river, is being heavily affected by climate change: the Gangotri glacier, one of the largest in the Himalayas, is receding at around 25 meters a year; the mouth where the “holy” river flows from the glacier has started to shrink. Snow that once laid on all the mountain peaks has disappeared and the peaks are now bare and only display snow for a few hours after an unusually cold night. The land is naked and barren. Doves and crows are seeing flying above - something that would have been unheard of a decade ago at such a high altitude. If the Gangotri glacier continues to recede at this current rate the Ganges river will only be fed by the seasonal monsoon. The consequences for billions of Indian people in the world’s most densely populated regions would be immense. If the glacier disappears the rice bowl of India that relies on irrigation from the Ganges will be empty causing catastrophic food shortages.