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What are Glaciers?

Geography | 5-8 yrs | Animation, Video

What are Glaciers?

  • Glaciers are massive bodies of flowing ice and are found in regions where it is very cold, like the North and South poles, and in mountain ranges. Snow does not melt in these places because of how cold it is. Instead all the snow piles up. As this happens, it crushes the snow beneath it into ice to forms glaciers. The glaciers slowly move downwards, changing the shape of the area as they go.
  • Glaciers and the snow line- Snow never melts above a certain height. This is called the snow line. Glaciers form above this line and melt below it.

THINGS TO DO

  • Do some research on the Siachen glacier.
  • Why are glaciers important to us as well as the environment?

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