Dictionary of Geotourism

2020 Edition
| Editors: Anze Chen, Young Ng, Erkuang Zhang, Mingzhong Tian

Glacier Debris Flow Landscape

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DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-981-13-2538-0_916

This is a landscape that develops in modern glaciers and along firn edges, comprising a unique landform with abundant sand, mud and gravel carried by meltwater or flood water from a glacial lake. As seen in the Zhangmu area of Tibet, the glacier debris flow often starts in the summer and autumn when the temperature starts to rise and increases the amount of meltwater. Glacial debris flows are larger and have longer flows than rainstorm mudslides. The Guxiang mudslide in Bomi, Tibet, is a famous glacier debris flow, and Guxiang Lake is a dammed lake that was formed by the deposition of the debris.

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