Dictionary of Geotourism

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

Mingyong Glacier Landscape

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DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-981-13-2538-0_1587

The Mingyong Glacier, which is the longest glacier on the Meili Snow Mountain, is located in Diqing, Yunnan Province. It is 11.7 km long, has an elevation of 2,660 m, and is currently the second longest glacier in the Hengduan Range area and the lowest marine glacier in the monsoon belt. It is Yunnan’s largest and longest valley glacier, and its ice front is at the lowest elevation. The height difference between the peak and the ice front is approximately 4,080 m. The mountain body above snowline is 1–3 km wide, there are three peaks higher than 6,000 m, and five additional peaks are more than 5,000 m high. The temperature is low on the peaks. The estimated annual average temperature of Peak Kagabo is −19.2 °C, and the annual average temperature of the snowline area between 4,800–5,200 m is approximately −3 to 5.6 °C. Abundant ice flows from the firn basin down along the steep slope, forming a glacial valley with large icefalls. Because the snowline is at a lower elevation and the...

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