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The largest glacier in the Polar Urals was filmed from a quadrocopter

04.09.2018 105 просмотров

Based on the information obtained during the flyby of the IGAN glacier, a 3D model of the ice formation will be built.

According to the press service of the Scientific Center for the Study of the Arctic, an expedition has recently ended, which studied climate change and its impact on the glaciers of the Polar Urals. For the first time, a quadrocopter was used to obtain scientific data. The survey of IGAN with the help of a drone is planned to continue next year. Scientists are going to get new materials and compare them with data collected back in the 20th century, when surveys of the mass of ice were carried out annually. 

Glaciologists (researchers of natural ice) have probed the ice mass, compiled several radar profiles that will help in building a three-dimensional model. Subsequently
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this will make it possible to understand what processes are taking place tens of meters deep in the glacier. Scientists hope to get information about how much ice is inside IGAN, and whether there is any at all; what are the chances that the ice mass will decrease in volume and is it possible to form a mudflow? It is expected that experts will receive the first data during the coming winter. 

According to specialists from the geofaculty of Moscow State University, the glacier is now in balance with the existing climate. Simultaneously with the subsidence of the existing ice mass, a new glacier is forming: its top is covered with a cap of snow, which crystallizes over time. 

IGAN was discovered on the western border of the YNAO by Soviet glaciologist Leonid Dolgushin 65 years ago and was named in honor of the Institute of Geography of the Academy of Sciences of the USSR. For more than a quarter of a century (from 1957 to 1983), a permanent glaciological station worked on the glacier. The possibility of resuming permanent observations is currently being considered. 

IGAN Glacier. Photo:

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