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In the Chinese highlands of the Tibetan Plateau, a particular frozen landform has stood for millennia. Known as the Guliya ice cap, this feature has been of interest to researchers in recent times. In fact, scientists have conducted some investigations there – and the results have highlighted the potential for a catastrophe.

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The researchers came to this troubling conclusion after analyzing a pair of samples from Guliya. They were extracted by drilling into the ice cap and removing two cylinder-shaped pieces. The chunks were later examined by scientists, who soon realized that they held big secrets with conceivably significant ramifications.

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