YULONGXUESHAN, China — Millions of people each year are drawn to Baishui Glacier No. 1 and its cold beauty in a region of Central Asia with the world’s third largest store of ice after Antarctica and Greenland.
Now however, they frequently encounter rocks littered with oxygen tanks discarded by tourists, as scientists warn Baishui’s dramatic melting is a sign of what’s to come across the region. The glacier has lost 60 per cent of its mass and shrunk 250 metres (820 feet) since 1982.
Scientists say 82 per cent of glaciers in China have retreated.