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On the Magnitude and Frequency of Karakoram Glacier Surges : Volume 7, Issue 5 (24/10/2013)

By Quincey, D. J.

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Title: On the Magnitude and Frequency of Karakoram Glacier Surges : Volume 7, Issue 5 (24/10/2013)  
Author: Quincey, D. J.
Volume: Vol. 7, Issue 5
Language: English
Subject: Science, Cryosphere, Discussions
Collections: Periodicals: Journal and Magazine Collection (Contemporary), Copernicus GmbH
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Publisher: Copernicus Gmbh, Göttingen, Germany
Member Page: Copernicus Publications


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Luckman, A., & Quincey, D. J. (2013). On the Magnitude and Frequency of Karakoram Glacier Surges : Volume 7, Issue 5 (24/10/2013). Retrieved from

Description: School of Geography, University of Leeds, Leeds, LS2 9JT, UK. The return periods of Karakoram glacier surges are almost entirely unknown. Here, we present evidence of an historic surge of the Khurdopin Glacier that began in the mid-1970s and peaked in 1979. Measured surface displacements reached > 5 km yr–1, two orders of magnitude faster than during quiescence and twice as large as any previously recorded velocity in the region. The Khurdopin Glacier next surged in the late-1990s, equating to a return period of 20 yr. Surge activity in the region needs to be better understood if accurate mass balance assessments of Hindu-Kush–Karakoram–Himalaya glaciers are to be made.

On the magnitude and frequency of Karakoram Glacier surges

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