Why Is This Ice Blue?

What gives glaciers their blue hue? Study the phenomenon from the inside out with a video from an engaging science playlist. The narrator describes the conditions present in glacial ice, then explains how the substance affects visible light.

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CCSS: Adaptable
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Instructional Ideas
  • The versatile video is the perfect addition to lessons about light, water, and glaciers
  • Have viewers create a graphic organizer of the conditions needed to produce the glacier blue color
Classroom Considerations
  • Some basic knowledge of the properties of light is helpful for watching the video
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  • Great explanations make the science accessible for everyone
  • Beautiful images teach as well as amaze
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