Batura Glacier

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Batura Glacier
Batura Glacier Satellite.jpg
Satellite imagery of the Batura Glacier
Map showing the location of Batura Glacier
Map showing the location of Batura Glacier
Batura Glacier
Location of the Batura Glacier within the greater Kashmir region
TypeMountain glacier
LocationGilgit Baltistan, Pakistan
Coordinates36°32′28″N 74°40′52″E / 36.541°N 74.681°E / 36.541; 74.681Coordinates: 36°32′28″N 74°40′52″E / 36.541°N 74.681°E / 36.541; 74.681

Batura Glacier (Urdu: بتورا گلیشیر‎), 57 km (35 mi) long, is one of the largest and longest glaciers outside of the polar regions.[1] It lies in the upper Hunza (Gojal) region of Hunza District, Gilgit-Baltistan in Pakistan. It is just north of the massifs of Batura, at 7,795 metres (25,574 ft), and Passu, at 7,500 metres (24,600 ft). The glacier flows west to east. The lower portions can be described as a grey sea of rocks and gravelly moraine, bordered by a few summer villages and pastures with herds of sheep, goats, cows and yaks and where roses and juniper trees are common.

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  1. ^ Tajikistan's Fedchenko Glacier is 77 km (48 mi) long, Siachen Glacier is 76 km (47 mi) long, Biafo Glacier 67 km (42 mi) long, and Baltoro Glacier 63 km (39 mi) long. The Bruggen or Pio XI Glacier in southern Chile is 66 km long. Measurements are from recent imagery, generally supplemented with Russian 1:200,000 scale topographic mapping as well as Jerzy Wala,Orographical Sketch Map: Karakoram: Sheets 1 & 2, Swiss Foundation for Alpine Research, Zurich, 1990.

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