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Flag and Himalayas
Averaged over their entire areas, within the period 1960–
2003 glaciers in Patagonia and Alaska have thinned by approximately 35 m and 25 m, respectively, whereas high
mountain glaciers in Asia have thinned by over 10 m. Data
for Patagonia and Alaska are computed from glacier surface
elevations for dozens of glaciers. In many other high mountain environments such as the Himalayas and the high Andes,
where data are limited due to both difficult access to the highaltitude regions and for political reasons, the exact amount of
regional mass loss remains subject to some uncertainty.