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.

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