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17th July 2010 Atta-bad Lake PDF Print E-mail

The amount of total glacier melts of Upper Hunza during June-July 2010

The glacier mass of entire Gilgit agency has been reduced to 60% to 70% by the climate change of last one and half decade. Unfortunately, neither scientific glaciological studies have been conducted nor does the comprehensive master plan yet to be prepared to sustain this natural resource.
Tragedy of Attabad Landslide within itself is the revival of Mother Nature to sustain her regional ecosystem. The accidental formulation of 26Km long and about 300feet deep highly unstable Attabad Lake has started to give positive feedback to the ecosystem of Upper Hunza Valley.

The climate has become moist and cool since its birth. The local precipitation levels are increasing, once were declining because of history old excessive deforestation across the valleys of these ranges. One can now observe frequent rainfall as well as snowfall in the high altitudes of these areas.
More over nature has provided us an opportunity to have scientific observations of the glacier melts of upper Hunza valley. For instance, Attabad Lake is fed by the River Shamshal, the River Khunjrab, the River Chaperson and the upper Hunza River itself. Furthermore the list of some important glaciers that fed the Lake is given below;


The glaciers of River Shamshal:

  1. Verjerab Glacier (Gl.)
  2. Khudopin Gl.
  3. Yazghil Gl.
  4. Braldo Gl.
  5. Shujrab Gl.
  6. Momhill Gl.
  7. Lupghar Gl.

The Glaciers of River Chaperson:

  1. Yashkuk Gl.
  2. Baba Ghundi Gl.
  3. Un-named Gl.

The glaciers of Upper Hunza River:

  1. Batura Gl.
  2. Passu Gl.
  3. Ghulkin Gl.
  4. Gulmit Gl.

The Glaciers of Khunjrab River:

  1. Barakhun Gl.
  2. Mintaka Gl.
  3. Southern Ginerab Gl.
  4. Mishghor Gl.
  5. Kalam Darchi Gl.

As it is being quoted that the discharge of Lake Water at spill way has mounted to about 15000plus cusec feet during last 30 days so scientifically it expresses the total amount of glacier melt of the Upper valley but the contribution of each glacier to the total yet to be monitored while keeping in account that all the ice cover is declining rapidly. Moreover, the total amount of glacier melt locked in this reservoir must also be added to the total.

Remnants of Attabad, July 9, 2010  (Photo by APM)

APM hiking to lake over the debris of Attabad Village. July 9, 2010 (Photo by APM)

Chairman with his volunteers at Attabad Lake, July 9, 2010 (Photo by APM)


A massive landslide narrowed the spillway and raised the level of Lake up to 11inches. (Photo by APM)

The Narrowed Spillway (Photo by APM)


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