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March 3, 2016

Jiongla Glacier, China Rapid Retreat 1988-2015

Jiongla Glacier retreat right and Jiangyegong Glacier left retreat from 1988 to 2015 in Landsat images.  The red arrow is the 1988 terminus and the yellow arrow the 2015 terminus. Jiongla Glacier retreated 3200 m and Jiangyegong Glacier 800 m.  Jiongla Glacier is at the northern boundary of the Brahmaputra River Basin at the east end of the Nyainqentanglha Shan. The glacier drains the western slopes of Koma Kangri Peak …


October 29, 2015

Zhizhai Glacier Retreat, Lake Expansion, China

Fig. H. Zhizhai Glacier change from 1991 to 2015, red arrow indicates 1991 terminus, yellow arrow 2015 terminus and purple arrow indicates areas of thinning. Green arrow indicates another lake growing with glacier retreat. Located between Longbashaba Glacier and Jimi Glacier, this glacier extends 4.75 km north from the Nepal-China border in the southeast region of the Pumqu River basin.  The moraine dammed glacier lake, Zhuxico Lake, poses some risk …


June 2, 2015

Midui Glacier, Tibet, China: Retreat and Terminus Collapse 1995-2014

Midui Glacier is 7 km from the G318 National Highway in China and 2 km from Midui village, hence the lake near the terminus is often visited. The glacier is near the headwaters of Yarlung Tsangpo. Glaciers in this region have experienced significant retreat and area loss as noted by the second China Glacier inventory. This compared glacier area from the 1950’s, 2002 and 2010, Liu et al (2013) noted …


April 13, 2015

Menlung Glacier Rapid Retreat & Lake Expansion, Tibet, China 1992-2014

Menlung Glacier is one valley north of the China/Tibet border with Nepal and on the south side of Menlungste Peak. Menlung Glacier has a glacier lake at its terminus that is dammed by the glacier’s moraine. The glacier began to withdraw from the moraine and the lake began to develop after the 1951 expedition to the area. The glacier lake is at 5050 meters, the glacier descends from 7000 meters …


October 19, 2014

Ribuktse Glacier Retreat, Tibet, China 1991-2014

Ribuktse Glacier drains east from 6200 m peaks along the Nepal-China border. The glacier ends in a lake that drains into Ribuktse Tso, the Yarlung Tsangpo (Zangbo), which becomes the Brahmaputra River. The Zangmu hydropower project is being constructed on the river, it is a 510 MW project. Here we examine Landsat and Google Earth imagery from the 1991-2014 period. This is a region where Li et al (2011) noted …


December 29, 2011

Hailuogou Glacier Retreat, China

The Hailuogou Glacier has retreated 1.8 km during the 20th century. This glacier drains southeast from Gongga Shan beginning at 7500 m and extending to a debris covered terminus at 3000 m. The first image is a map from Li et al (2010).The glacier has been the focus of an ongoing research program by the Laboratory of Cryospheric Sciences, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Lanzhou, China and Nagoya University, Japan. This …


March 11, 2010

Urumqihe Glacier, China Separation and Retreat

Urumqi No. 1 or Urumqihe No.1 Glacier is in the Tian Shan Range of China. The Tain Shan Glaciological Research Station nearby, has led to this being the most closely observed glacier in China over the last 50 years. The glacier’s elevation ranges from 3740 meters to 4500 meters in 2005 the glacier had an area of 1.8 km2 (WGMS, 2010). In 1993 it separated into a larger east branch …