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A view of the Ngozumpa Glacier in the Gokyo valley, Khumbu region. The peak towards the left of the photo at the head of the valley is Cho Oyu, at 8201m the sixth highest mountain in the world. In the foreground, on the glacier, we can see a so-called supraglacial lake; fed by surface meltwater, it will grow as the glacier slowly grinds its way down the valley, and unless the waters find themselves a natural outlet through a drainage hole into the glacier, or through the maze of surface rock, then it could pose a threat of flooding to communities down the valley; one day it will reach the snout of the glacier and its waters will be released to thunder down to the plains of the Terai, potentially sweeping away low lying villages or causing steep valley sides to slip in dangerous, unpredictable landslides.

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Additional Photos by Phillip Homer (fijiphil) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 450 W: 84 N: 233] (1355)
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