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Receding glaciers causing rivers to suddenly disappear

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Receding glaciers causing rivers to suddenly disappear

Photo caption: The mouth of the Alsek River is forecast to shift 20 miles south from its current location in Glacier Bay national park and preserve in Alaska. Photograph: Nasa Earth Observatory. Article by Jenna Kunze. The Guardian – May 3, 2021.

Global phenomenon known as river piracy demands urgent adaptation from ecosystems and people who rely on their flow

As glaciers around the world recede rapidly owing to global warming, some communities are facing a new problem: the sudden disappearance of their rivers.

River piracy, or stream capture, is when water from one river is diverted into another because of erosion or, in this case, glacier melt. […]

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