Fresh water

Fresh glacial melt water cascades down a mountain side outside Manali in the Indian part of the Himalayas. The water that begins it's flow from Himalayan glaciers provides freshwater for nearly 20 percent of the Worlds population, almost 1,5 billion people. Around 18,000 glaciers store a massive 12,000 square kilometres of freshwater here. Together with snow-melt they contribute to the summer flow of Ganges and other major life giving rivers such as the Indus, Brahmaputra, Yangtze and Yellow River.

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Fresh glacial melt water cascades down a mountain side outside Manali in the Indian part of the Himalayas. The water that begins it's flow from Himalayan glaciers provides freshwater  for nearly 20 percent of the Worlds population, almost 1,5 billion people. Around 18,000 glaciers store a massive 12,000 square kilometres of freshwater here. Together with snow-melt they contribute to the summer flow of Ganges and other major life giving rivers such as the Indus, Brahmaputra, Yangtze and Yellow River.
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