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Batura Glacier in the Gilgit-Baltistan region of Pakistan

05-03-2022

Batura Glacier in the Gilgit-Baltistan region of Pakistan Today’s Video of the Day from the European Space Agency features the Batura Glacier, which is located in the upper Hunza Valley in the Gilgit-Baltistan region of Pakistan. Batura is one of the largest and longest glaciers in the world outside of the polar regions.

According to ESA, the glacier flows from west to east and feeds the Hunza River in north Pakistan, then joins the Gilgit and Naltar Rivers before it flows into the Indus River.

Batura Glacier is just north of the Batura Muztagh, a sub-range of the Karakoram mountain range. Unlike many glaciers around the world, the glaciers in the mountain ranges of Karakoram are not shrinking in response to climate change. Some are retreating less than the global average, while others are even growing in size. This exceptional behavior is referred to as the “Karakoram Anomaly.”

Located in the upper Hunza Valley, in the Gilgit-Baltistan region of Pakistan, the Batura Glacier is visible in the centre of the image and is approximately 57 km long. It flows from west to east and feeds the Hunza River in north Pakistan, then joins the Gilgit and Naltar Rivers before it flows into the Indus River.

Video Credit: ESA

By Chrissy Sexton, Earth.com Staff Writer

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