Coup de glacier: An ice gorge near Tateyama, Toyama Prefecture, one of the three first recognized glaciers in Japan as shown last June. Tateyama Caldera SABO Museum / Kyodo

First glaciers in Japan recognized

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“Scientists have found three glaciers in Toyama Prefecture, the first glaciers recognized in Japan and the southernmost in East Asia,” says this article by Minolru Matsutani.


Coup de glacier: An ice gorge near Tateyama, Toyama Prefecture, one of the three first recognized glaciers in Japan as shown last June. Tateyama Caldera SABO Museum / Kyodo

“Researchers from the Tateyama Caldera Sabo Museum discovered the three slow-moving chunks of ice in the Hida Mountain Range, otherwise known as the Northern Alps.”

“A glacier is defined as a large mass of ice that over many years “flows” owing to its great weight, according to the Japanese Society of Snow and Ice.”

Using GPS, the team confirmed that the masses of ice – 27 to 30 meters deep and 400 to 1,200 meters long – are moving between 10 and 30 cm a month.

See entire article:
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/nn20120406a3.html

Thanks to Matthew Keelline for this link

14 thoughts on “First glaciers in Japan recognized”

  1. now..count down to some idiot screaming
    they was bigger…AGW dun it!
    suure, thats how come they were missed- till now:-)

  2. This could be an important indicator that the world is moving towards being reglaciated beyond what we have experienced in recorded history. Every new ice age has to start some where.

  3. But Global Warmest kept saying the glaciers are melting. Why were they just found now and not long ago. How recently were these glaciers formed. Can we except something like this in the states, Is there a undiscovered glacier up on Mount Rainer?. This opens so many question up.

    1. That’s the whole point, they’re not melting. Right now we have the N. Hemisphere sea ice extent reaching again the 1979-2000 average, for example,
      http://nsidc.org/data/seaice_index/images/daily_images/N_daily_extent_hires.png
      and the Antarctic sea ice showing steady average increase, since 1980
      http://arctic.atmos.uiuc.edu/cryosphere/IMAGES/seaice.anomaly.antarctic.png
      Notice the positive anomalies at 2008, 2009 and 2010, above the previous peaks since 1980.
      The Bearing Sea ice area, tells pretty much the same story
      http://www.real-science.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/04/region.all_.anom_.region.2.jpg
      They’re not melting.
      That’s why new glaciers are appearing, but the depth of the Japan glaciers (~ 30 m) indicate that they’ve been there for some time.

  4. I’ll say it before the AGW fanatics say it. “IT’S ALL DUE TO GLOBAL WARMING!”

    Didn’t get enough rain. Blame global warming.
    Got to much rain. Blame global warming.
    Didn’t get enough snow. Blame global warming.
    Got to much snow. Blame global warming.

    Got a bad case of flaming hemorrhoids. Blame global warming.

    Welcome to global warming, the theory that can’t be disproved.

    1. GW is dying, but I’ll not say R.I.P because in fact I’ll be glad when it’s gone.

  5. What I would like to know is;

    How old are these “New” glaciers? Could they have been there a while without anyone noticing them or are they really NEW?

    If they are really new what does this means vis-a-vis global warming and such?

  6. As the present trend continues, many more glaciers will be recognized in the future!:-)

    1. It is not necessarily true that taller mountains further inland would have glaciers, because the winter snow declines very rapidly inland from the Sea of Japan coast.

      Between October and March, when snow would accumulate into glaciers, Nagano receives only 332.9 millimetres of rainfall equivalent as against 1325.1 millimetres in Kanazawa and even more in Toyama, due to the pronounced rain shadow.

      In a region with very high melt rates to counterbalance snowfall, a difference of a factor of three in total snowfall would certainly be likely to prevent glaciers forming even if melt rates on the inland mountains are lower.

      It might be better to look at Hokkaidō for any further glaciers in Japan – one wonders if research has been done there??

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