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When the glacier left

In surprising ways, a Himalayan village adapts to a changing climate

By Jonathan Mingle
November 29, 2009

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In the village of Kumik, in a remote Himalayan valley of northwest India known as Zanskar, people have an old saying, “Kha Kumik, chu Shila” - the snow falls above Kumik, but the water goes to Shila, a nearby settlement. Intoned with a rhythmic staccato, these six syllables elicit laughs of recognition from most Zanskaris. “Isn’t that life for you?” (Full article: 1697 words)

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