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TC | Volume 12, issue 3
The Cryosphere, 12, 851–866, 2018
© Author(s) 2018. This work is distributed under
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The Cryosphere, 12, 851–866, 2018
© Author(s) 2018. This work is distributed under
the Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 License.

Research article 07 Mar 2018

Research article | 07 Mar 2018

An investigation of the thermomechanical features of Laohugou Glacier No. 12 on Qilian Shan, western China, using a two-dimensional first-order flow-band ice flow model

Yuzhe Wang et al.
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