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June 30, 2022

Zarilang Glacier, China Retreat and Lake Expansion

Zarilang Glacier in 1998 and 2021 Landsat images illustrating glacier retreat and lake expansion. Point A marks the junction of two tributaries. Zarilang Glacier, China  flows north from the Bhutan border is in the Yarlung Zangbo River watershed draining the northwest flank of Kula Kangri. Yarlung Zangbo which becomes the Brahmaputra River supplies the Zangmu Dam (510 MW), online in 2015, that produces 2.5 billion kwh of electricity a year. …

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November 4, 2021

Drogpa Nagtsang Glacier, China 2021 Snow Line Positions Lake Expansion

Drogpa Nagtsang Glacier, China retreat and proglacial expansion in 1993 and 2021 Landsat images. Red arrow is the 1993 terminus, yellow arrow the 2021 terminus and yellow dots are the snowline. Drogpa Nagtsang Glacier, China is 30 km west of Mount Everest terminating in an expanding proglacial lake. The glacier begins on the Nepal border at 6400 m, and its meltwater enters the Tamakoshi River that supplies the Upper Tamakoshi …

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May 22, 2021

Mena Kang West Glacier retreat and lake expansion, Tibet, China

    Mena Kang West Glacier in 2002, 2020 and 2021 Landsat images.  Red arrow is the 2000 terminus location, yellow arrow the 2021 terminus location and pink dots the snowline. “Mena Kang West” Glacier is an unnamed glacier that is to the west of Mena Kang (6140 m) at 28 N, 91.6 W in Tibet, China. The glacier drains into the Nyamjang Chu, which flows south in Arunachal Pradesh, …

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March 18, 2021

Bailang and Angge Glacier, China Retreat and Lake Expansion 1995-2020

Bailang (B) and Angge Glacier (A) in 1995 and 2020 Landsat images indicating retreat and lake expansion. Red arrow is the 1995 terminus location, yellow arrow the 2020 terminus location, purple arrow rock ridges that expand separating tributaries. Chubda Glacier (C) to the south and an unnamed glacier Point D between Angge and Bailang. Bailang Glacier and Angge Glacier, China are adjacent to the Chubda Glacier, Bhutan, They drain north from …

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October 1, 2020

Jiemayangzong Glacier, Tibet Retreat, Separation and Lake Expansion 1991-2020

Jiemayangzong Glacier in 1991 and 2020 Landsat images.  The red arrow is the 1991 terminus location, yellow arrow is the 2020 terminus location and purple dots mark the snowline. Point A indicates a tributary that has disconnected, while bedrock expanded at Point B.  Jiemayangzong Glacier drains east from 6200 m peaks along the Nepal-China border. The glacier ends in a lake- Jiemayangzong Tso. Ren et al (2016)  identify this as …

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January 27, 2020

Reqiang and Jicongpu Glacier Retreat, Lake Expansion and Moraine Stability Increase

Reqiang Glacier (R) and Jicongpu Glacier (J) in 1993 and 2019 Landsat images.  M=Moraine, red arrow is the 1993 terminus location, yellow arrow the 2019 terminus location and purple dots the snowline. Requiang Glacier, Tibet is just east of Shishapangma Mountain one of planets 14 peaks that exceed 8000 m and terminates in the rapidly expanding proglacial lake Gangxico at 5200 m. Jicongpu Glacier drains south from Shishapangma terminating in …

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November 10, 2019

Shie Glacier, Bhutan-China Retreat Reduces Lake Contact

Shie Glacier Bhutan-China in Landsat images from 1996 and 2019.  Red arrow is the southern terminus location in 1996, yellow arrow the 2019 terminus location and red dots the margin of the eastern terminus in contact with the lake in 1996. Shie Glacier terminates in a lake on the northern flank of the Bhutan Himalaya draining north from Kangphu Kang, in a region that is claimed by both China and …

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June 10, 2019

Asejiaguo Glacier, China Retreat and Lake Expansion

Asejiaguo Glacier in Landsat images from 1993 and 2018.  The yellow arrow indicates the 2018 terminus and the red arrow the 1993 terminus location.  Point 1 and 2 are areas of expanding bedrock in the 5400-5600 m. Asejiaguo Glacier drains east from the China-Nepal Border and is at the headwaters of the Yarlung Tsangpo, which becomes the Brahmaputra River.  The Yarlung Tsangpo powers the 510 MW Zangmu Hydropower Station.  Gardelle …

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June 4, 2019

Daishapu Glacier, China Retreat Lake Expansion

Daishapu Glacier (D) and Ruorangqubu Glacier (R) in 1993 and 2018 Landsat images.  The yellow arrows indicate the 2018 terminus location of both glaciers and the purple dots the snowline. Notice the lake expansion at the terminus of both glaciers. Locations 1-4 are tributaries. Daishapu Glacier and Ruorangqubu Glacier are in the eastern Himalaya located just north of the Himalayan divide and draining north into the Yarlung Zangbo. This is …

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October 26, 2018

Lapche Glacier, China Supraglacial Ponds Transitioning to Lake

Lapche Glacier (Tibet 1), China in 1992 and 2018 Landsat images.  The expansion of supraglacial ponds is evident between Point 2 and 3. A tributary that detaches between 1992 and 2018 is indicated by red arrow.  The end of the clean ice and start of debris cover ice is just below Point 1 in 1992 and well above this Point in 2018.  Lapche Glacier (Tibet 1), China flows east from …

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