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Glaciers Theme Page

Here are a number of links to Internet sites which contain information and/or other links related to the specific theme of glaciers. Please read our disclaimer.

Fundamentals of Physical Geography
Although this online textbook from Michael Pidwirny, Okanagan University College, is intended for postsecondary students studying introductory physical geography, much of it may be applicable for high school students as well. Contents include over two hundred pages of information, more than three hundred 2-D and animated graphics, an interactive glossary of terms, a study guide, links to other Internet resources, and a search engine. See the Table of Contents to directly access the Geomorphology section with several chapters on glaciation.

Glacial Features of North Dakota
A site with illustrated descriptions of a number of glacial features in North Dakota. These include: End Moraine, Erratic, Esker, Ice Thrust Mass, Ice-walled Lake, Kame, Meltwater Channel, Outwash, and Till.

Glacial geologists from Rice University designed and developed this page. It has information about what a glacier is and descriptions about some special features of ice. These features about ice include its shape, size, movement landscapes, environments and age.

Glaciers (The Cryosphere)
National Snow and Ice Data Center (NSIDC) menu has links to definitions for what a glacier is, how they move, how they are formed, what the components are, and more.

Glaciers (Snowtastic Snow)
Part of a Think Quest Junior (TQJ) project, this page describes several characteristics of glaciers. It describes how a glacier is formed, how a glacier moves, the size of a glacier, and the life that depends on glaciers.

Glaciers and Glaciation
From the U.S. Geological Survey Cascades Volcano Observatory, this page has links to descriptions of Glaciers, Ice Sheets, Glacier Hazards and Glacier Outburst Floods. In addition, there are four links to information about Mount Rainer and Mount Hood glaciers and glaciation.

Glaciers and the Glacial Ages
Focused on Vermont, U.S.A., the information on this page investigates what glaciers are, the physical effects from glaciers, when do Ice Ages occur, and when did the last glacial age end.

Ice Ages
Illinois State Museum presents information about the North American continental glaciers. They provide answers to the following questions: What are Ice Ages?, When did Ice Ages occur?, and Why do Ice Ages occur?.

Ice Ages and Glaciation
Geology instructors from Hartwick College has posted the following four links to help support their geology students. It presents illustrated descriptions of glacial features from around New York.

Illustrated Glossary of Alpine Glacial Landforms
As part of a university course in geology, this glossary has illustrations that are divided into the following three glacial categories: Erosional Landforms, Depositional Landforms, and Ice Features.

Recipe for a Small Glacier
As a class demonstration, teachers can use ice cream, some chocolate cookies and marshmallow syrup to imitate how a glacier moves (oozes).

[The] Retreat of Glaciers in the Midwestern U.S.
Animated illustrations and five maps are used to show retreating glaciers in North American from 18 000 to 6 000 years ago. An MPEG video is also available if your browser can support it.

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