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Glaciers in Ganges basin: an assessment of their dimensions through inventories

Dkhar Nathaniel B, Tayal Shresth , 2013

International Journal of Scientific & Engineering Research, Vol. 4, Issue 9, Sep 2013

Abstract

The objective of this paper is to analyse the data available in the glacier inventories published by Geological Survey of India and International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development and make a comparative assessment of the distribution and extent of Himalayan glaciers in the Ganges river system of Indian and Nepal Himalaya.Some interesting conclusions for this assessment were that majority of the estimated glacial ice volume towards the Ganges river system was from the Nepal Himalayas. Also, it was found that smaller glaciers have a larger representation than large glaciers in the Ganges basin.

Keyword(s)

Ganges, Gangotri, Glaciers, Indian Himalaya, Nepal Himalaya