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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.

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14 Responses to First glaciers in Japan recognized

  1. Laurel says:

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

  2. Steven Rowlandson says:

    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. Billsocal says:

    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.

  4. Hell_Is_Like_Newark says:

    So did these glaciers only form recently?

  5. Jeff Anderson says:

    I will laugh at Al Snore’s response to this…if he ever makes one.

  6. Jim says:

    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.

    • F. Guimaraes says:

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

  7. Carla says:

    Wow !

  8. Tom says:

    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?

  9. F. Guimaraes says:

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

  10. So, if these two mountains have glaciers:
    these mountains are the next candidates:
    They are all in the Japanese Northern Alps and they are all taller than Mount Tsurugi.

    • 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??

  11. frank says:

    w o w ! we are on roberts trend chart to the next ics age…

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