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Last Glacial Maximum Glaciation (LGM/LGP) in High Asia (Tibet and Surrounding Mountains)

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Synonyms

Pleistocene glaciation of High Asia during the last ice age; Quarternary glaciation of High Asia during the MIS 3-2

Definition

Reconstruction of the maximum extent of the ice cover in High Asia.

Introduction: The state of research up to 1973

A synopsis of older results and views on the Pleistocene glacier cover in High- and Central Asia has been provided by Wissmann’s (1959) compilation. Glacier cover of Tibet is discussed in the Chinese literature by Shi and Wang (1979), and has also been reproduced by CLIMAP (Cline, 1981, entitled “Last Glacial Maximum”). These authors speak of a 10% to maximum 20% ice cover of the mountains and plateaus of Tibet. Even in the “Quaternary Glacial Distribution Map of Qinghai-Xizang (Tibet) Plateau” (Shi et al., 1991), this opinion is to a great extent repeated and supported. However, there was a first restriction: Zhou Shangzhe, a member of this group, agreed with the author’s reconstruction of an inland ice as for the Tibetan plateau area on...

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Kuhle, M. (2011). Last Glacial Maximum Glaciation (LGM/LGP) in High Asia (Tibet and Surrounding Mountains). In: Singh, V.P., Singh, P., Haritashya, U.K. (eds) Encyclopedia of Snow, Ice and Glaciers. Encyclopedia of Earth Sciences Series. Springer, Dordrecht. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-90-481-2642-2_325

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