Photo Friday: Kyrgyz Glaciers

Kyrgyzstan, located in Central Asia, is a country with enormous glaciers. About 30% of the total land area in Kyrgyzstan is covered by permanent snow and 4% is covered by glaciers. The total amount of glaciers in Kyrgyzstan is equivalent to 580 billion cubic meters of water, which can cover the whole country to a depth of 3 meters. The most famous glacier is the Enilchek Glacier in the Eastern Tien Shan mountain range. The Kyrgyz are semi-nomadic herders and their nomadic movements still take place seasonally.

To learn about political controversies surrounding mining near glaciers in Kyrgyzstan, click here.

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Photo Friday highlights photo essays and collections from areas with glaciers. If you have photos you’d like to share, let us know in the comments, by Twitter @glacierhub or email us at

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