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Glacier Avalanche Sites Studied

Two glaciers in the Aru Mountains, western Tibet (location shown in the upper right panel), slipped off their beds in 2016 creating giant ice avalanches. The upper left panel shows an ASTER image draped onto a topographic model of the mountains. The panel at the bottom shows a commercial Planet image, highlighting the relatively low slopes of the two glacial valleys, which nevertheless dumped these enormous ice avalanches onto the barren plain.
Credit: C. Scott Watson, University of Arizona.

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