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Glaciers

The ice that flows down from the high mountain is known as glaciers. Greenland and Antarctica are places where the Glaciers are found. The weight of the snow on top compresses the lower layer as more snowfalls gather to form ice. As the ice becomes thicker on top, the bottom layer of ice melts under pressure. With this repeated process the entire mass begins to slide on the rocks.

Most glaciers are found at the poles. They even exist in the world’s continents. During winter in high snowfall and in summer in cool temperatures are most of the glaciers found.

Glaciers found in India:-
SIACHEN: -
This glacier is about 72 km in length outside the polar region and is the largest glacier in the world. This glacier lies near the Indian border.

PINDARI: -
Also known as the Jewel of Kumaon and is the most beautiful glacier in the Kumaon hills. It is 5 km long and located at about 13000 feet above sea level.

ZEMU: -
It is located in north western Sikkim and is the largest glacier in Himalayas. The glacier is 26 km long.

DOKRIYANI: -
It is 5 km long and believed to be older than Himalayan mountains. In Uttaranchal, Garhwal district it originates at an altitude of 13000 feet. Studies say that every year this glacier sinks by few metres.

5) GANGOTRI: -
It is the oldest glacier located in Uttaranchal, Tehri Garhwal. It is a combination of several glaciers and not a single valley glacier that form a huge mass of ice.