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2007-03-27 15:36:01

The Himalaya, the "Roof of the World", source of the seven largest rivers of Asia are, like other mountain chains, suffering the effects of global warming. To assess the extent of melting of its 33,000 km2 of glaciers, scientists have been using a process they have been pioneering for some years. Satellite-imagery derived glacier surface topographies obtained at intervals of a few years were adjusted and compared. Calculations indicated that 915 km2 of Himalayan glaciers of the test region,...

2006-07-06 00:18:47

By Y.P. Rajesh NATHU LA, China-India Border (Reuters) - Asian giants India and China opened a Himalayan pass to border trade on Thursday, 44 years after a brutal frontier war shut down the ancient route. Senior officials from Tibet and the tiny northeastern Indian state of Sikkim cut a ribbon marking the border at the Nathu La pass as freezing rain poured down. Soldiers held up umbrellas instead of the automatic rifles they usually carry. A thick mist obscured visibility. Scores of...

2006-05-10 07:41:28

KATHMANDU (Reuters) - Maoist rebels in Nepal have seized seven people, including five policemen, the army said on Wednesday, despite recently declaring a three-month truce. Last month, the Maoists announced a ceasefire in their decade-old campaign to overthrow the Himalayan nation's monarchy after King Gyanendra bowed to street protests and handed power back to political parties. "Five personnel of the armed police force were taken captive by the Maoists on Tuesday from Nawalparasi,"...

2006-03-06 03:10:00

(Corrects name of province in second-last paragraph to.... Gansu province .... instead of ....Lanzhou province.) A corrected story follows. By Simon Denyer NEW DELHI (Reuters) - The Dalai Lama, Tibet's spiritual leader, has thrown a lifeline to India's dwindling tiger population after an emotional appeal to outlaw the trade in animal skins provoked an extraordinary reaction in his homeland. All over Tibet, there have been reports of people burning wild animal furs since the Dalai Lama, the...

2005-11-02 03:30:04

NEW DELHI (Reuters) - A Congress party career politician takes over as chief minister of Indian Kashmir on Wednesday, the first state leader from outside the valley heartland, the hotbed of the separatist revolt. Ghulam Nabi Azad is resigning as federal urban and political affairs minister to take over as part of a power-sharing deal between Congress and the Kashmir's People's Democratic Party (PDP) that has seen the PDP hold the post since elections in 2002. The 56-year-old from...

2005-11-02 03:30:56

SRINAGAR (Reuters) - A suicide car bomber killed at least four people in an attack on a busy highway in Indian Kashmir on Wednesday hours before a new chief minister was due to be sworn in, police said. Policemen and civilians removed body parts from the area where half a dozen vehicles and several houses were damaged in the blast which also wounded six people, most of them policemen. Blood-stained parts of vehicles and shoes were strewn across the road near the site of the...

2005-10-26 13:51:44

By Thomas Atkins GENEVA (Reuters) - Half a billion dollars of new aid was pledged to rebuild earthquake-hit Pakistan on Wednesday after a U.N. fund-raising drive, but emergency cash to help survivors through winter snows fell far short of U.N. goals. The U.N. recorded $580 million in new aid pledges by donor governments at an emergency conference held in Geneva designed to whip up support for the millions left without food or shelter in the freezing Himalayas after the October 8...

2005-09-06 07:55:00

NEW DELHI -- Imagine a world without drinking water. It's a scary thought, but scientists say the 40 percent of humanity living in South Asia and China could well be living with little drinking water within 50 years as global warming melts Himalayan glaciers, the region's main water source. The glaciers supply 303.6 million cubic feet every year to Asian rivers, including the Yangtze and Yellow rivers in China, the Ganga in India, the Indus in Pakistan, the Brahmaputra in Bangladesh and...

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2005-03-14 07:22:17

GENEVA (AP) -- The shrinking of Himalayan glaciers could fuel an upswing in flooding in China, India and Nepal, before creating water shortages for hundreds of millions of people across the region, a leading environmental group warned Monday. In a report, the Switzerland-based World Wide Fund for Nature said the rate of retreat of the Asian mountain range's glaciers is accelerating because of global warming, and has now reached 33-49 feet a year. "The rapid melting of Himalayan glaciers will...


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Himalayan Mayapple, Podophyllum hexandrum
2014-01-12 07:44:48

Podophyllum hexandrum is a plant species belonging to the Berberidaceae family. The species may also be referred to as the Himalayan mayapple or the Indian mayapple. Podophyllum hexandrum are native to the Himalayan mountain range in Asia. This particular plant species flourishes at lower elevations. Podophyllum hexandrum is a low growing plant. Its leaves may be described as drooping and lobed and they appear glossy and green in coloration. The Podophyllum hexandrum plant produces a pale...

Himalayan Relict Dragonfly, Epiophlebia laidlawi
2013-07-09 16:13:56

The Himalayan relict dragonfly (Epiophlebia laidlawi) is a species of dragonfly that can be found in the Eastern Himalayas, with a range that includes the Solokhumbu region and Nepal. It was once classified in the suborder Anisozygoptera due to its similarities to damselflies, but was found to be more closely related to dragonflies. The Himalayan relict dragonfly breeds in streams that can be found at elevations between 6,000 and 11,500 feet, but it is thought that it may also breed in...

2012-06-14 11:00:37

Symbol: RUGE Group: Dicot Family: Rosaceae Duration: Perennial Growth Habit: Subshrub Native Status: L48    I Distribution: RubusgeniculatusKaltenb. distribution:USA(VA) Classification:       Kingdom   Plantae – Plants Subkingdom   Tracheobionta – Vascular plants Superdivision   Spermatophyta – Seed plants Division   Magnoliophyta – Flowering plants Class   Magnoliopsida – Dicotyledons...

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2012-06-14 11:00:57

Symbol: RUEL3 Group: Dicot Family: Rosaceae Duration: Perennial Growth Habit: Subshrub Native Status: HI    I Distribution: County distributions for the following U.S. states are available at PLANTS:HI Classification:       Kingdom   Plantae – Plants Subkingdom   Tracheobionta – Vascular plants Superdivision   Spermatophyta – Seed plants Division   Magnoliophyta – Flowering plants Class  ...

2012-06-14 11:00:59

Symbol: RUELO Group: Dicot Family: Rosaceae Duration: Perennial Growth Habit: Subshrub Native Status: HI    I Distribution: County distributions for the following U.S. states are available at PLANTS:HI Classification:       Kingdom   Plantae – Plants Subkingdom   Tracheobionta – Vascular plants Superdivision   Spermatophyta – Seed plants Division   Magnoliophyta – Flowering plants Class  ...

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  • The ragged surface of a lava-flow.
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