1 / 78


GLACIERS. CHAPTER 5 HONORS EARTH SCIENCE. What is a glacier?. a thick mass of moving ice. How do glaciers form?. Step 1: Snow accumulates. More snow falls during the winter than melts in the summer. Trans Labrador Highway.

Download Presentation


An Image/Link below is provided (as is) to download presentation Download Policy: Content on the Website is provided to you AS IS for your information and personal use and may not be sold / licensed / shared on other websites without getting consent from its author. Content is provided to you AS IS for your information and personal use only. Download presentation by click this link. While downloading, if for some reason you are not able to download a presentation, the publisher may have deleted the file from their server. During download, if you can't get a presentation, the file might be deleted by the publisher.


Presentation Transcript


  2. What is a glacier? a thick mass of moving ice

  3. How do glaciers form? Step 1: Snow accumulates. More snow falls during the winter than melts in the summer.

  4. Trans Labrador Highway

  5. Step 2: Snow changes to firn. As snow accumulates, its weight compress the individual snowflakes to form firn. FIRN

  6. Firn

  7. Step 3: Firn is compressed to form solid glacial ice.


  9. Step 4: The ice begins to move. Plastic flow- weight of glacier moves out like pancake batter

  10. When the climate cooled… Ice advanced over the land, moving southward from Canada over the Great Lakes Region.

  11. Glaciar Perito Moreno, in Santa Cruz province, Argentina. It hasn’t happened since 1988 and it is said to be one of the most extraordinary natural events in the world. - Roberto Cerrudo

  12. Glacier terms • Zone of Ablation- melting • Zone of Accumulation- snow accumulates • Crevasse- cracks • Advance- more accumulation than melting • Retreat- more melting than accumulation


  14. How do glaciers erode the surface? • Plucking –freeze/thaw process lifts particles into ice Striations- parallel scratches made from rocks in ice scraping against bedrock

  15. Glacial Striations Granite Island, Lake Superior MI Calumet, MI N47°14’77’’ W88°26’82’’

  16. Kelly’s IslandGlacial grooves

  17. TYPES OF GLACIERS • Alpine (Valley)Glaciers – glaciers that form at high elevation in mountain valleys • Ice sheets or Continental Glaciers.


  19. Cirque • A bowl-shaped depression located where a glacier begins to form


  21. Horn Kinnerly Peak - Glacier National Park • A tall, pointed rock peak left at the top of a mountain

  22. The most famous horn in the Alps…The Matterhorn • Located on the boundary between Switzerland and Italy, the Matterhorn’s summit is 4478 m above sea level.

  23. Arete – spines or ridges of rock that separate glacial valleys

  24. U-shaped Valley - Yosemite National Park

  25. V-shaped valleys become U-shaped valleys as glaciers move through them… Step 2 Step 1 A typical river valley Over time, running water cuts a deeper V-shape. Step 3 Glacier fills valley, widening and straightening the channel Step 4 Glaciers melt leaving a U-shaped valley

  26. Glaciers pick up lots of sediment as they advance over the land.

  27. TYPES OF GLACIAL DRIFT(Sediments) • TILL- unsorted; deposited by ice • STRATIFIED DRIFT- layered; deposited by meltwater streams • OUTWASH- sorted sand; deposited by meltwater

  28. Erratics • Boulders carried great distance by the glacier • Don’t match surrounding rock

  29. Erratics along Lake Michigan Shoreline

  30. TYPES OF GLACIERS • Alpine (Valley)Glaciers – • Ice sheets or Continental Glaciers form in polar regions such as Greenland and Antarctica.

  31. MORAINES • MADE OF TILL • Deposited along edge of glacier during melting

  32. MORAINES • Terminal- very end of glacier • Lateral- side of glacier • Recessional- progresses behind terminal

  33. terminal moraine –

  34. Ground Moraine- flat till deposits between recessional moraines

  35. Kettle Lakes • Made from ice blocks

  36. Kettle Lakes • Kettle lakes form when blocks of ice break off the front edge of a glacier, become buried by sediment. The ice melts leaving a hole which fills with water creating a lake.

  37. Drumlins • Hills of sediment deposited by the glacier- till

  38. Drumlin Formation

  39. Winding ridges of stratified drift Deposited by meltwater streams Mined for gravel ESKERS

  40. KAMES Cone shaped deposits Deposited at end of meltwater streams Stratified drift Mined for gravel

  41. What glacial landform are the arrows pointing to?

More Related