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Beijing -- China's glaciers particularly those in Tibet have retreated by about 7,600sqkm - nearly 18 per cent - in the last 65 years and even the thick ice around the base camp of the Mt Everest has disappeared exposing its rocks structure due to rising pollution level, officials said.

The glaciers of the Tibetan plateau have retreated by about 7,600 square kilometers, or approximately 18 percent since the 1950s, reports China state news agency Xinhua. That translates to an average of 247 square kilometers of glacial ice vanishing every year.

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