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Glaciers of Small Saukdara.

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The Small Saukdara Glacier is located in the Murghab region of the Gorno-Badakhshan Autonomous Region on the southern slopes of the Zaalai Range in Tajikistan. The length of the glacier is 14.3 kilometers, an area of ​​23.5 square kilometers, advancing in 1966 and 1974 - 1975.
His glacier snout emerges in the form of a wide blade of purer ice on the glacier snout of Big Saukdara, buried under a moraine. During the movement of 1974 - 1975, the speed of advancement of the end of the glacier was 6 meters per day, about 100 million meters of cubic ice and about 0.5 million tons of soil were carried out.
The area of ​​the glacier increased by 1.5 square kilometers. After each of these movements, the glacier again receded into its valley. After the last movement in the floodplain of the Sauksay river, a three-tier ice section remained - buried ice of the Big Saukdara glacier below, then not having time to melt the remaining ice of the previous Small Saukdara glacier and, finally, from above - the ice of its last movement.

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

Alexander Petrov.