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glacial retreat

[¦glā·shəl ri′trēt]
(geology)
A condition occurring when backward melting at the front of a glacier takes place at a rate exceeding forward motion.
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The reddish zone shows glacier retreat in Alps Credit: GLIMS and NSIDC (2005, updated 2018)
The distribution of ascidians across different substrates 21 years ago led us to consider the possible impact on ascidians of glacier retreat, which has been associated with more frequent ice scour events and increased rates of sedimentation (Sahade et al.
Besides, lowering Thorthormi's water level may not be enough to reduce the risk, as GLOF is not caused by glacier retreat alone.
BEIJING:The ever-growing glacier retreat in Asia, including the Qinghai-Tibet Plateau, may lead to a large number of climate refugees and affect the lives of over one billion residents in countries like China, Pakistan, India, Iran, and Kazakhstan some 50 years from now, a Chinese glaciologist warned.
During the next two years, he added, the monitoring instruments of glacier retreat and changing stream flows will be undertaken and scientist will conduct several field visits to the selected glaciated basins of Chinese and Pakistani sides.
"What is regrettable is that all the scientific information that we're seeing says there's been a lot of glacier retreat and that worries us."
This is done by identifying the major effects of glacier retreat on ecological processes, whether they act directly through changing substrate types and moisture conditions, or if they instead act indirectly by altering land use, sometimes far downslope.
While most of Antarctica is remaining cold, rapid increases in summer ice melt, glacier retreat and ice shelf collapses are being observed in Antarctic Peninsula, where the stronger winds passing through Drake Passage are making the climate warm exceptionally quickly.
Every other continent is warming, and the Arctic is warming fastest of anywhere on earth." While most of Antarctica is remaining cold, rapid increases in summer ice melt, glacier retreat and ice shelf collapses are being observed in Antarctic Peninsula, where the stronger winds passing through Drake Passage are making the climate warm exceptionally quickly.
Most of the continent remains cold but glacier retreat, ice shelf collapses and the rapid rise in summer ice melt were being observed in the Antarctic Peninsula.
The WWF's India, Nepal and China chapters some time back carried out a massive study 'Glaciers, glacier retreat and its impact' on freshwater as a major issue, not just in the national context but also at a regional and trans-boundary level.