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Tourists scramble over moraine (glacially deposited rocks and stones) on the surface of the Hailuogou glacier in western Sichuan Province, China. As a result of rising temperatures on the Tibetan Plateau, the Hailuogou glacier has retreated over 2 km during the 20th century alone. Since the Little Ice Age, studies have revealed that the total monsoonal glacier coverage in the southeast of the Tibetan Plateau has decreased by as much as 30 percent, causing alarm in scientific circles.

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