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Melting glaciers threaten ice core science on the Tibetan Plateau

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Fig. 1: Distributions of ice cores and glaciers’ equilibrium line altitudes over the Tibetan Plateau.


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We acknowledged the second Tibetan Plateau Scientific Expedition and Research Program (2019QZKK0605), Outstanding Youth Fund of Gansu (23JRRA612), and the State Key Laboratory of Cryospheric Science (SKLCS-ZZ-2022).

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Zhang, Y., Kang, S. Melting glaciers threaten ice core science on the Tibetan Plateau. Nat. Geosci. 16, 656–657 (2023).

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