Q. Pensilungpa Glacier was sometime seen in news. It is located in which of the following State/UT?

[A] Assam

[B] Arunachal Pradesh

[C] Kerala

[D] Ladakh

Answer: D

According to a recent study by Wadia Institute of Himalayan Geology (WIHG), Pensilungpa Glacier (PG) located in Ladakh”s Zanskar Valley is retreating.  

Key Findings of the Study: 

  • Pensilungpa Glacier (PG) located in Zanskar, Ladakh is retreating. The study has attributed the retreat to an increase in the temperature and decrease in precipitation during winters 
  • The study also points to the significant influence of debris cover on the mass balance and retreat of the glacier’s endpoint, especially in summer. 
  • It is also possible that the precipitation of summer periods at higher altitudes will change from snow to rain, and that may influence the summer and winter patterns. 

Read more: Increasing Temperature and Low Winter Precipitation are Causing Retreat of Glaciers in Zanskar Valley, Ladakh