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Southern Inylchek glacier.

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Southern Inylchek (Youzhny Engilchek) - a valley treelike glacier in the Central Tien-Shan in Kyrgyzstan, in riverheads Inylchek, the left inflow of the river Sarydzhaz. The glacier is in the east from the city of Karakol, the administrative center of the Issyk-Kul region of Kyrgyzstan, in Aksuyssky district.
Glacier sources Southern Inylchek begin in east part of the Meridional ridge. From east slopes of the ridge of Aktau Southern Inylchek adjoins a glacier a large number of glaciers he receives a considerable part of ice.
From South side a glacier Southern Inylchek borders on huge and extended glaciers which originate from the Kokshal-Too ridge - Zvezdochka, the Dikiy, Proletarian tourist, the Komsomol. From the ridge Inylchek-Tau, from North side, Shokalsky glacier flows down.
From North side of the ridge Tengri-Tag the glacier of Demchenko which connects to a glacier Southern Inylchek in glacier upper courses originates. Southern Inylchek - the largest glacier on Tien-Shan. Length makes it 60,5 kilometers, the area of a glacier of 567,2 kilometers square.
The glacier begins in huge snow pools at the height up to 7440 meters above sea level. Glacial circus which length of 43,2 kilometers with an average width of 2,2 kilometers, goes down to 2800 meters above sea level with an average bias of a surface about 2 °.
At the same time on both sides accepts 78 big and small glaciers. Ice thickness on the main trunk of a glacier reaches 150 - 200 meters, the snow line lies at the height of 4580 meters above sea level. The lower part 14 kilometers long is covered with a moraine.
Today, a visible part of a glacier (in white color) extent from border with the Republic of China before merge to a glacier Northern Inylchek - 46 kilometers. From the southern adjunction of a glacier the Proletarian tourist on SAS Google is visually well traced a gray thin part which lasts on 31 kilometers on a glacier Southern Inylchek on the West.
Arithmetics is simple, from time of researches of a glacier Southern Inylchek in Soviet period length of a glacier was estimated in 60 kilometers, now it was reduced to 46 kilometers. The glacier Southern Inylchek decreased by 14 kilometers.

Alexander Petrov.

Photos by
Alexander Petrov, V. Serbenko