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Members of the research team of Dr Shresth Tayal, Glaciologist at The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI) (from left)  Sanjay Balmiki , Phurbu Tsering Butia and Mohammad Ashraf Genai  carry equipment onto the fast reducing Rathong Glacier (centre of frame) below the 6678 meter Rathong Peak  in the North East Indian state of Sikkim close to the Nepalese border. Considered to be a themometre of the environment, it has been chosen by TERI to be a test case of environmental damage being done in India and China. Dr. Tayal is conducting three dimensional tests that include measuring the depth of the ice to form concrete conclusions on the fate of the glacier.The Indian Government is denying the glaciers' demise despite data suggesting it has been reduced by more than over 80% in the last 42 years.
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