Retreating glaciers are a threat to biodiversity

Retreating glaciers are a threat to biodiversity

Posted: 05 Jun 2012 07:27 AM PDT

The projected disappearance of small glaciers worldwide threatens to eliminate the water supply for numerous towns in valleys, such as the Ecuadorian capital Quito, fed by the rivers that flow down from the surrounding mountains. But retreating ice is also a threat to freshwater fauna. According to a new study the local and regional diversity of mountain aquatic fauna will be reduced considerably if predictions are realized.

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