Glasnost and glaciers, yurts and yaks: a scientist in Soviet Central Asia

Lewis, C.A. (1991) Glasnost and glaciers, yurts and yaks: a scientist in Soviet Central Asia. Phoenix: magazine of the Albany Museum, 4 (3). pp. 5-14. ISSN 1011-8136




Why are glaciers retreating, and are all glaciers retreating? There is much evidence to suggest that, globally, mean annual air temperatures are rising. Yet not all areas of the world have experienced temperature increases. In 1989 a Joint UNESCO/IGCP research project, Project 297, was initiated in order to identify and correlate geocryological features in mountain areas. A visit to the Alpine Geocryology station of the Academy of Sciences of the USSR to study rock glaciers afforded the author a glimpse of Soviet Asian evidence of climatic change and caused him to revise his interpretation of rock glacier and other geocryological remains in the eastern Cape Drakensberg.

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Uncontrolled Keywords:UNESCO Project 297; Project 297; UNESCO/IGCP; ; climatic change; glaciers; global warming; climatic warming; rock glaciers; climatic records; air temperatures; geocryological features; landforms; sediments; climatic conditions; geomorphology; geomorphologists; yaks; yurts; Canada; Patagonia; Argentina; Andes; England; USSR; Academy of Sciences; Alpine Geocryology; Russia; Kazakhstan; Ala-Ata; Moscow; Saratov; Aralsk; Aral Sea; Kirgizia; Kirgiz Republic; Bishkek; Silk Road; Buran; China; Issyk-Kul; Soviet central Asia; glasnost; Soviet Asia; east Cape Drakensberg; Natal Drakensberg; Lesotho; South Africa
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Divisions:Faculty > Faculty of Science > Geography
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