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Annals of Glaciology
Mass balance observations on Urumqi River No. 1 Glacier and Tuyuksu Glacier in Tianshan show a large deficit during the 1980s as compared to the decades before. The Qinghai Lake in northeastern Qinghai-Xizang (Tibet) Plateau and the Issyk-kul Lake in Soviet Tianshan have been continuously shrinking during the past few centuries. Since the maximum of the Little Ice Age which occurred mainly in the 18th century, glaciers have decreased in area by about 44% in the Urumqi valley. These data anddoi:10.1017/s0260305500008715 fatcat:bedfa65ffzcova3guuu4otamna