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Department of Geography

Glaciers in the Karakoram Mountains are in balance since the 1970s

In this publication the authors used old US reconnaissance imagery to show that glaciers in the Hunza River basin, in Central Karakoram, experienced on average no significant mass changes also since the 1970s.

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Likewise the glaciers had heterogeneous behaviour with frequent surge activities during the last 40 years.

Previous geodetic estimates of glacier mass changes in the Karakoram Mountains in Central Asia have revealed balanced budgets or a slight mass gain since the year 2000 only.

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Tobias Bolch, Tino Pieczonka, Kriti Mukherjee, and Joseph Shea