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Inventory of Rock Glaciers along the Ghunsa Valley, Kanchanjunga Himal, Eastern Nepal, Version 1

This dataset provides information on a number of Nepali rock glaciers distributed above 4250 m ASL along the Ghunsa valley and the Kanchanjunga glacier (originating from the summit of Mt. Kanchanjunga, 8586 m ASL). The rock glaciers were identified on the basis of air photo analysis and were visited in October and November 1999. The longitude, latitude, and elevation of each rock glacier are given. Geographic coordinates were determined using a 1:50,000 topographic map of Nepal. Two categories of rock glaciers are described: glacier-derived and talus-derived rock glaciers. The internal structure of two rock glaciers (KR4 and KR23) were investigated by DC resistivity imaging.

Geographic Coverage

  • Frozen Ground > Rock Glaciers
Spatial Coverage:
  • N: 27.833, S: 27.667, E: 88.167, W: 87.833

Spatial Resolution: Not Specified
Temporal Coverage:
  • 1 January 1998 to 31 December 1999
Temporal Resolution: Not specified
Data Format(s):
  • ASCII Text
Platform(s) Not specified
Sensor(s): Not specified
Version: V1
Data Contributor(s): Mamoru Ishikawa

Data Citation

As a condition of using these data, you must cite the use of this data set using the following citation. For more information, see our Use and Copyright Web page.

Ishikawa, M 2002. Inventory of Rock Glaciers along the Ghunsa Valley, Kanchanjunga Himal, Eastern Nepal, Version 1. [Indicate subset used]. Boulder, Colorado USA. NSIDC: National Snow and Ice Data Center. [Date Accessed].

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Detailed Data Description


The data are provided in a tab-delimited ASCII file, named ggd610_nepal_rock_glac.txt.

File headers in the file include:

Inventory No Unique identifying number for each glacier
N North longitude in deg, min, sec
E East latitude in deg, min, sec
Altitude (mASL) Altitude in meters above sea level
Geographic type of rock glacier Talus-derived, or Glacier-derived
Known Internal structure Ice-cemented or Ice-cored

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File Size

The ASCII file is 2 KB.

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Spatial Coverage

Data were collected at 24 rock glaciers in the Ghunsa valley, Kanchanjunga Himal, eastern Nepal (87° 57' 38" N, 49° 40' E to 88° 08' 01" N, 56° 40' E). Glaciers are numbered KR01 through KR24, but are not named.

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Temporal Coverage

Data were collected between 1998 and 1999. Measurements at the glaciers were taken in October and November 1999.

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Parameter or Variable

This data set consists of latitude, longitude, elevation, and internal structure data for rock glaciers.

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Data Acquisition and Processing

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Contacts and Acknowledgments

Mamoru Ishikawa
Frontier Observational Research System for Global Change 
3173-25 Showamachi
Yokohama City, Kanagawa
236-0001 Japan

Document Information

Please cite these data as follows:

Ishikawa, M. 2002. Inventory of Rock Glaciers along the Ghunsa Valley, Kanchanjunga Himal, Eastern Nepal. Boulder, CO: National Snow and Ice Data Center. Digital Media.

This data set is related to Air Temperatures at High Altitude, Kanchanjunga Himal, Eastern Nepal

Document Creation Date:

24 February 2003

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