Glaciers in the Himalayan region are receding at varying rates in different areas, Environment Minister Jayanthi Natarajan informed the Rajya Sabha on Thursday.

In her reply to a written question, she said that findings in a study conducted by the Geological Survey of India has revealed that recession of glaciers could be the result from natural cyclic process and other factors, including, inter-alia and global warming.

She also said that the government has not conducted studies so far to assess the adverse impact on Indian sub-continent due to the melting of glaciers in Himalayas and ice in Antarctica.