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Present and former equilibrium-line altitudes near Mount Everest, Nepal and Tibet.

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Abstract

New information on equilibrium-line altitudes (ELAs) of present and former glaciers in the Mount Everest area of eastern Nepal and southern Tibet has been derived from field mapping and interpretation of topographic maps and Landsat imagery. Present ELAs rise from south to north across the Himalayan Range from 5200 to 5800 m, as indicated by the altitudes of lowest cirque glaciers and highest lateral and medial moraines on valley glaciers. In contrast, ELAs during maximum late Pleistocene glaciation rose in altitude from 4300 to 5500m across the range, as indicated by altitudes of lowest cirque floors and maximum extent of glacial deposits. Highest ELAs occurred on previously unrecognized ice caps that formerly covered extensive highland areas in Tibet north of the range crest. Depression of ELAs during the late Pleistocene glaciation was about twice as great south of the range crest (950m) as north of it (400m).-from Author

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Publication type:
Article
Publication Subtype:
Journal Article
Title:
Present and former equilibrium-line altitudes near Mount Everest, Nepal and Tibet.
Series title:
Arctic & Alpine Research
Volume
15
Issue:
2
Year Published:
1983
Language:
English
Larger Work Type:
Article
Larger Work Subtype:
Journal Article
Larger Work Title:
Arctic & Alpine Research
First page:
201
Last page:
211