Disaster Events | VOL. 11, ISSUE 69, November-December 2011 |

Glaciers and Avalanches: Himalaya

Glaciers are rivers of ice in continuous motion, that are formed by compaction and re-crystallisation of snows over hundred or thousand of years. The flow movement, irrespective of whether it is a few centimetres or tens of metres a day, differentiates a glacier from a dead ice body. Global glacier cover, at present, is reported to be about 15,000,000 sq km of which about 14,000,000 sq km is restricted to the two icy continents of Antarctica and Greenland. Rest of...

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