Snow Patch in Central Japan Mountain Confirmed as Glacier


Nagano, Oct. 3 (Jiji Press)--A survey by Niigata University and other researchers has confirmed that a snow patch in a mountain in central Japan's Hida range, known as the northern Japanese Alps, is a glacier.

The Karamatsusawa snow patch in Hakuba, Nagano Prefecture, is the seventh glacier confirmed in Japan. The finding will be published in the academic journal of the Japanese Society of Snow and Ice.

The remaining six include the Kakunezato snow patch in Mount Kashimayari in Omachi, Nagano, recognized as a glacier in 2018.

The newly confirmed glacier is in the 2,696-meter-high Mount Karamatsu, which lies across Nagano and Toyama prefectures.

According to the Tateyama Caldera Sabo Museum in Tateyama, Toyama, a glacier is defined as a mass of ice made of compressed snow that flows over a long period due to gravity.

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