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Glaciers as Indicators of Climate Change


A reading that introduces the topic of glaciers and their formation.

Students will read about the formation of glaciers, common glacial features, and changes in the extent of glaciers over the past 750,000 years. They will also discuss how glaciers may serve as indicators of climate change.

Use this tool to help your students find answers to:

  1. What is a glacier?
  2. How are glaciers formed?
  3. What are the components of a glacier?
  4. How might glaciers provide evidence of climate change?
About Tool
Tool Name All About Glaciers 
Discipline Geography, Earth Sciences 
Topic(s) in Discipline Glaciers, Cryosphere, Earth’s Climate
Climate Topic Climate and the Cryosphere 
Type of tool Reading
Grade Level High School, Undergraduate
Location Global
Language English
Translation      –
Developed by National Snow and Ice Data Center 
Hosted at National Snow and Ice Data Center 
Access Online
Computer Skills Basic


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