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Volume 11, issue 5
The Cryosphere, 11, 2247-2264, 2017
https://doi.org/10.5194/tc-11-2247-2017
© Author(s) 2017. This work is distributed under
the Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 License.
The Cryosphere, 11, 2247-2264, 2017
https://doi.org/10.5194/tc-11-2247-2017
© Author(s) 2017. This work is distributed under
the Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 License.

Research article 22 Sep 2017

Research article | 22 Sep 2017

Structure and evolution of the drainage system of a Himalayan debris-covered glacier, and its relationship with patterns of mass loss

Douglas I. Benn et al.
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Surface topography and velocities of Ngozumpa Glacier, Nepal, with links to GeoTIFFs D. I. Benn, S. Thompson, and A. Luckman https://doi.org/10.1594/PANGAEA.880056

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This paper provides the first complete view of the drainage system of a large Himalayan glacier, based on ice-cave exploration and satellite image analysis. Drainage tunnels inside glaciers have a major impact on melting rates, by providing lines of weakness inside the ice and potential pathways for melt-water, and play a key role in the response of debris-covered glaciers to sustained periods of negative mass balance.
This paper provides the first complete view of the drainage system of a large Himalayan glacier,...
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