How Do Glaciers Move?

A glacier is like a river of ice. An interesting lesson explores how solid glaciers manage to flow. The video instructor explains how the pressure of the weight of the ice decreases the melting point, allowing the glacier to move.

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CCSS: Adaptable
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Instructional Ideas
  • Follow the lesson with an experiment studying the effect of pressure on melting points
  • Include an analysis of the recorded changes of glacier shape and location over time using a site like Glacier Change
Classroom Considerations
  • Requires a basic understanding of volume calculations
  • This resource is only available on an unencrypted HTTP website. It should be fine for general use, but don’t use it to share any personally identifiable information
  • Incorporates mathematics for an interdisciplinary approach
  • Offers subtitles to assist in note taking
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