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January 8, 2012

Dzhungharia Alatau, Kazakhstan Glacier Retreat

Dzhungharia Alatau range of Kazakhstan is host to over 500 square kilometers of glacier ice. This amount of glacier ice declined by 1% per year from 1956 to 1990, (Severskiy, 2009: 103). This reduction in glacier area parellels that of changes in the Zailiyskiy and Kungey Alatau further south in Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan (Bolch, 2006). The Aksu River flows north from the Dzhungharia Alatau into Lake Balkhash. This post focuses …