Loss of ice cap on Mount Agri (Ararat) – Updated

Mount Agri (also known as Ararat) is the highest mountain of Turkey with a peak elevation of 5137 m. Today, it bears the only ice cap of the country. However, it is melting continuously! A recent study published in the Journal of Asian Earth Science showed that the Mount Agri ice cap has been lost its surface area by 29% since 1976 based on multi-temporal Landsat and ASTER satellite imagery. According to the author, the retreat rate is about 7 hectare per year. In the paper, it argued that there is a strong evidence that this retreat is mostly because of the current warming trend revealed from the meteorological stations from the region. It is added that similar shrinking trends are also evident from other Turkish glaciers. For more information, please refer to http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jseaes.2011.12.009

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3 Comments on “Loss of ice cap on Mount Agri (Ararat) – Updated”

  1. laila Says:


    Shall I ask you what do you think about the link between global warning and the ice melt? Is it possible to read the article (the link is not good!).
    Thank you

  2. dagdelisi Says:

    Reblogged this on DağDelisi and commented:
    Uydu görüntülerinin analizi, 1976 – 2010 yılları arasında Ağrı Dağı’nın buzul takkesinin %30 oranında küçüldüğünü gösteriyormuş.

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