Photo of the Day: Pulling Sleds in the Karakoram Mountains, Pakistan

skiers in the karakoram photo© Colin Monteath/ Hedgehog House/Minden Pictures/Corbis

Above: Skiers pull sleds across the flat Godwin Austen Glacier beneath the majestic Mitre Peak.

Sitting just north of the Himalaya Range, the Karakoram Mountains span the borders of India, China, and Pakistan. Bound by the Pamir Mountains in the north, the Tibetan Plateau in the east and the Indus River in the south, the range is home to some of the world's tallest mountains, including 28,251 foot K2—the world's second highest peak.

The dramatic, beautiful, terrain is not the only reason the Karakoram is interesting. Recent studies have suggested that the range's glaciers are actually bucking global trends. Though the margin was small, a study by french researchers found that the glaciers of the Karakoram have increased slightly in mass.

Unfortunately, glaciers in the rest of the world—whether the nearby Himalaya or Peru—have not been so lucky.

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