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Glacier of Golubin.

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On the Golubin Glacier, with a length of 5.1 kilometers, an area of ​​6.2 kilometers square, which is located in the Alaarcha river basin, balance observations have been carried out since 1960. This is a glacier of a hanging valley, the average slope of its surface is 9 °.
The highest point of glacier  4350 meters above sea level, the firn basin is separated from the end of the glacier by an icefall. The glaciers snout is clean descends to 3250 meters above sea level, the height of the border of the glacier is 3870 meters above sea level.
Between 1960 and 1982 At the glacier snout, an average of 690 mm fell, and in the firn region - 840 mm of precipitation per year. Over the same period, the average annual accumulation was 75.8 grams per square centimeter, the ablation was 77.2 g / cm2, and the mass balance was 1.4 g / cm2 per year.
The total mass balance over 23 years was -31.7 g / cm2 (Aizin. 1985). A general retreat of a number of glaciers of the Kyrgyz ridge is observed. So, from 1917 to 1961, the Golubin Glacier retreated by almost 1 kilometer, the Sovetkina Glacier in the Alamedin River Basin - by 360 meters.
The end of the Tushinsky glacier from 1906 to 1960 receded 600 meters, but by 1964 it advanced 34 meters. In recent years, signs of an offensive have been noted on other glaciers.

Authority:
"Glaciers." L.D. Dolgushin, G.B. Osipova. Series "Nature of the world." Moscow, the publishing house "Thought". 1989.

Photos
Roman Stesenko.