A flyover of the Lirung Glacier

The Lirung glacier is a glacier in the Langtang valley of Nepal. The lower part of the glacier is completely debris-covered and is disconnected from the upper, clean ice part. The debris-covered part has been studied intensively in recent years and one of the outputs is this amazing video made some time ago from UAV footage by Philip Kraaijenbrink of Utrecht University and his colleagues. Personally, I’m not a fan of the music but its still a cool video!

In the video you flyover the area within the large moraines that mark the outline of the glaciers last maximum extent. First over a sort of deflated area that looks to contain not much ice any more and then over the part where ice faces can be seen within the debris. I show this video in my lectures sometimes to give students a better idea of what some of the decaying ice in the Himalaya looks like.

About lindsey

Environmental scientist. I am glaciologist specialising in glacier-climate interactions to better understand the climate system. The point of this is to understand how glaciated envionments might change in the future - how the glaciers will respond and what the impact on associated water resources and hazard potential will be.
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