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Official: Yarlung Zangbo River not to dry up
15:37, January 13, 2010  
Official: Yarlung Zangbo River not to dry up

Photo taken on January 12, 2010, shows Zhang Yongze,director of the Tibet Autonomous Regional Environmental Protection Department, giving an exclusive interview with Xinhua. (Xinhua Photo)

The Yarlung Zangbo River will not dry up as some people have worried, according to Zhang Yongze, director of the Tibet Autonomous Regional Environmental Protection Department.

In an exclusive interview with Xinhua, Zhang refuted the claim that the Yarlung Zangbo River might stop flowing in the future because of the shrinkage and melting of glaciers.

The climate change conference held in Copenhagen in December last year has drawn more people to pay closer attention to the changes in the ecological environment on the Qinghai-Tibet Plateau.

Zhang admitted that the glaciers on the plateau will melt somewhat as a result of global warming, but the melting process will proceed slowly.

Meanwhile, the amount of the water of major rivers in Tibet has not changed much in recent years.

To date, the water levels of some lakes in the region have risen due to glaciers' melting, while those of others have fallen.

This will have a certain impact on a region. But major rivers like the Yarlung Zangbo will not dry up in the next few decades.

The potential floods of the river will be caused by torrential rains, instead of the melting of glaciers.

Source: Xinhuanet
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