Glaciers In Uttarakhand
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Glaciers In Uttarakhand

June 30, 2009 | Post By: Vinay Dobhal | Editor: Amit Dobhal




Glaciers are basically made up of fallen snow which over the years compresses into large thickened masses of ice which have an ability to move, albiet very slowly. The glacial movement is directed by gravity and high pressure. It is noteworthy that the glacial ice is the largest source of fresh water on Earth.

Glaciers of Uttarakhand acts like an important features of Uttarakhand's topography as it source some of the most important river systems of India. While the river Ganga has its origin in the melt waters of Gangotri glacier, the melt waters of Yamunotri glacier feed the headstream of river Yamuna.

Glaciers here in Uttarakhand are also very popular with tourist and trekkers. Some of these mighty glaciers are considered holy while some are visited just because of there sheer magnificence.



Bandarpunch Glacier

Bandarpunch Glacier

Bandarpunch Glacier is located in the Yamuna basin of Himalayas at a height of 4442 metre. Banderpoonch Glacier is 12 km long and located at the northen slopes of Bandarpunch peak (6316m), Bandarpunch west (6102m), and Khatling peak (6387m).

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Chorabari Glacier

Chorabari Glacier

Chorabari Glacier which is at a height of 3800 metre comes under Rudraprayag district. Originating from the Southern slope of Kedar dome, Chorbari Glacier is 6 kms long. Chorabari Glacier starts from its accumulation zone ( 6000 mtrs) and terminates at 3800 meters. Kirti stambh, Bhartekhunta and other glaciers divide it from the Gangotri glacier group.

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Dokriani Glacier

Dokriani Glacier

Dokriani Glacier is at a height of 3800 mts. This 5 kms long Dokriani Glacier flows in the northwest direction. The glacier originates at a height of approximately 6000 mts, originating from northern slope of Draupadi-ka-Danda (5600 mts) and Jaonli Peak(6000 mts). Dokriani Glacier terminates into streams of water at the height of 3800 mts. which finally merges in to the Bhagirathi river.

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Doongiri Glacier

Doongiri Glacier

Doongiri Glacier is at a height of 5150 mts to 4240 mts. forms Dhauli Ganga. This 5.5 kms long Doongiri Glacier is one of the important glaciers of Dhauli Ganga basin. These small large glaciers in assorted shapes lie in the valleys formed here. Water streams coming from the glacier finally merges into Dhauliganga river near Juma Village.

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