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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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Benn, D. I., Wiseman, S., and Hands, K.: Growth and drainage of supraglacial lakes on the debris-mantled Ngozumpa Glacier, Khumbu Himal, J. Glaciol., 47, 626–638, 2001.
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Benn, D. I., Bolch, T., Dennis, K., Gulley, J., Luckman, A., Nicholson, K.L., Quincey, D., Thompson, S., Tuomi, R., and Wiseman, S.: Response of debris-covered glaciers in the Mount Everest region to recent warming, and implications for outburst flood hazards, Earth Science Reviews, 114, 156–174, 2012.
Benn, D. I., Thompson, S., and Luckman, A.: Surface topography and velocities of Ngozumpa Glacier, Nepal, with links to GeoTIFFs, PANGAEA, https://doi.org/10.1594/PANGAEA.880056, 2017.
Bolch, T., Buchroithner, M., Pieczonka, T., and Kunert, A.: Planimetric and volumetric glacier changes in the Khumbu Himal, Nepal, since 1962 using Corona, Landsat TM and ASTER data, J. Glaciol., 54, 592–600, 2008a.
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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.
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