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June 30, 2022

Zarilang Glacier, China Retreat and Lake Expansion

Zarilang Glacier in 1998 and 2021 Landsat images illustrating glacier retreat and lake expansion. Point A marks the junction of two tributaries. Zarilang Glacier, China¬† flows north from the Bhutan border is in the Yarlung Zangbo River watershed draining the northwest flank of Kula Kangri. Yarlung Zangbo which becomes the Brahmaputra River supplies the Zangmu Dam (510 MW), online in 2015, that produces 2.5 billion kwh of electricity a year. …