Articles | Volume 12, issue 1
The Cryosphere, 12, 95–101, 2018
https://doi.org/10.5194/tc-12-95-2018
The Cryosphere, 12, 95–101, 2018
https://doi.org/10.5194/tc-12-95-2018

Brief communication 11 Jan 2018

Brief communication | 11 Jan 2018

Brief communication: The Khurdopin glacier surge revisited – extreme flow velocities and formation of a dammed lake in 2017

Jakob F. Steiner et al.

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Glaciers that once every few years or decades suddenly advance in length – also known as surging glaciers – are found in many glaciated regions in the world. In the Karakoram glacier tongues are additionally located at low altitudes and relatively close to human settlements. We investigate a very recent and extremely rapid surge in the region that has caused a lake to form in the main valley with possible risks for downstream communities.