Extensive and drastically different alpine lake changes on Asia's high plateaus during the past four decades

  title={Extensive and drastically different alpine lake changes on Asia's high plateaus during the past four decades},
  author={Guoqing Zhang and Tandong Yao and Shilong Piao and Tobias Bolch and Hongjie Xie and Deliang Chen and Yanhong Gao and Catherine M. O’Reilly and C. K. Shum and Kun Yang and Shuang Yi and Yanbin Lei and Weicai Wang and Youhai He and Kun Shang and Xiankun Yang and Hongbo Zhang},
  journal={Geophysical Research Letters},
  pages={252 - 260}
Asia's high plateaus are sensitive to climate change and have been experiencing rapid warming over the past few decades. We found 99 new lakes and extensive lake expansion on the Tibetan Plateau during the last four decades, 1970–2013, due to increased precipitation and cryospheric contributions to its water balance. This contrasts with disappearing lakes and drastic shrinkage of lake areas on the adjacent Mongolian Plateau: 208 lakes disappeared, and 75% of the remaining lakes have shrunk. We… 

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