Glaciers on Tu­fandag melt­ing

Azer News - - Country Guide - By La­man Is­may­ilova

TA sci­en­tific ex­pe­di­tion was or­ga­nized to study the glaciers lo­cated on Tu­fandag Mount, Sput­nik Azer­bai­jan re­ported.

The Tu­fandag Glacier is lo­cated on the north of the moun­tain and is the largest in this re­gion. The glacial mass un­der the in­flu­ence of its mass shifts to the north and quite of­ten re­mains in a sus­pended state.

Ex­perts from the Na­tional Hy­drom­e­te­o­rol­ogy Depart­ment went to the top of Tu­fandag.

The re­search area is lo­cated at an al­ti­tude of 3,755 me­ters above sea level.

The area of de­clin­ing glaciers has al­ready been stud­ied, the ac­cel­er­a­tion of the melt­ing rate of ice has been es­ti­mated, and the cracks in the glacier ap­peared as a re­sult of this process.

In ad­di­tion, ex­perts have mea­sured the wa­ter level in the Mah­mud­dar River, orig­i­nat­ing from the tongue of the glacier. As a re­sult, it was found that all the in­di­ca­tors demon­strate the ac­cel­er­a­tion of the melt­ing rate of the ice cap of Tu­fandag moun­tain.

The mes­sage of the Min­istry of Ecol­ogy em­pha­sizes that the pa­ram­e­ters and co­or­di­nates of the glacier were recorded us­ing a GPS-laser.

Glaciers, be­ing an im­por­tant source of fresh drink­ing wa­ter, at the same time serve as a kind of vis­ual in­di­ca­tor of cli­mate change oc­cur­ring on the scale of in­di­vid­ual re­gions and the planet as a whole. Typ­i­cally, global warm­ing or cool­ing will pri­mar­ily af­fect the change in the size of glaciers.

Stun­ning moun­tain scenery of Tu­fandag makes it at­trac­tive for tourists in both win­ter and sum­mer. Tu­fandag lies on the south­ern slopes of the Greater Cau­ca­sus, 4 km north of Ga­bala city.

It is the most fa­vorite place of ski lovers in win­ter and also the ideal place for those who want to walk in the moun­tains, ride in a ca­ble car to watch the na­ture and en­joy ac­tive rest in sum­mer.

Tu­fandag Re­sort is well equipped and can ac­com­mo­date up to 3,000 peo­ple at a time, restau­rants, cafe­te­rias, bars and re­cre­ation ar­eas, ski school for adults and chil­dren, ski equip­ment rental and re­pair are op­er­at­ing on the ter­ri­tory of the com­plex.

The trails of the ski re­sort of Tu­fandag Ga­bala have dif­fer­ent com­plex­ity and are de­signed for ad­vanced skiers, snow­board­ers as well as be­gin­ners. The to­tal length of the trails is 17 km.

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