Over the summer, two enormous avalanches struck the Aru Glacier in Tibet back-to-back. Now, after several months of careful study, scientists think they’ve identified the cause of the first ice slide, which claimed the lives of nine nomadic herders. You’ll be shocked to hear it has to do with climate change.
When over 70 million tons of ice broke off the Aru Glacier in the mountains of western Tibet on July 17th, it raised eyebrows in the glaciology community. After all, the collapse was totally unexpected and nearly instantaneous, burying 3.7 square miles of valley floor in a matter of minutes. But when another enormous ice slide occurred nearby two months later, jaws dropped to the floor.