Shafat Glacier

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Shafat Glacier
Type Mountain glacier
Location Himalaya Range, Zanskar Range, Kargil, Jammu and Kashmir
Coordinates 34°2′17.16″N 75°59′59.06″E / 34.0381000°N 75.9997389°E / 34.0381000; 75.9997389Coordinates: 34°2′17.16″N 75°59′59.06″E / 34.0381000°N 75.9997389°E / 34.0381000; 75.9997389
Length 14 kilometres (9 mi)

The Shafat Glacier is a 14 kilometres (9 mi) long[1] glacier in the north eastern Himalayan Range situated 85 kilometres (53 mi) south from Kargil and 294 kilometres (183 mi) east from Srinagar on the right side of Kargil Zanskar Road in the state of Jammu and Kashmir.

The Shafat Glacier gives rise to the two mountain peaks of Nun and Kun[2] which have the elevation of more than 6800 meters, and it provides a base to climb these mountain peaks. It lies at an average elevation of 4400 meters. The melt waters add to the flow of the Suru River which is a tributory of the Indus River.[3]

The Shafat Glacier is a broken, ice falling glacier melting at an alarming rate due to the Global warming,[4]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Zanskar Range". himalayanclub.org. Retrieved 2012-05-25. 
  2. ^ "Shafat glacier". india9.com. Retrieved 2012-05-25. 
  3. ^ "Jammu Kashmir Geography Rivers". mapsofindia.com. Retrieved 2012-04-26. 
  4. ^ "Himalayan glaciers: Shafat glacier". books.google. Retrieved 2012-05-25.