This interactive tool allows students to observe the effect of changes in snowfall and temperature on the shrinking and growing of a glacier. Questions and assignments are available in the “For Teachers” section at

Tool Name Glaciers (PhET)
Discipline Geography, Earth Sciences
Topic(s) in Discipline Glaciers, Cryosphere, Impact of Temperature and Precipitation on Glacial Mass, Glacial Budget, Glacial Advance, Glacial Retreat
Climate Topic Climate and the Cryosphere
Type of Tool Interactive Visualization
Grade Level High School
Language English
Translation Afrikaans; Basque; Bosnian; Chinese (Simplified); Chinese (Traditional); Croatian; Danish; Dutch; Estonian; French; German; Greek; Hebrew; Hungarian; Italian; Japanese; Kazakh; Korean; Macedonian; Norwegian Bokmal; Persian; Polish; Portuguese (Brazil); Serbian; Slovak; Spanish; Spanish (Mexico); Spanish (Peru); Thai; Turkish; Turkmen; Vietnamese
Developed by PhET Interactive Simulations, University of Colorado Boulder
Hosted at PhET Interactive Simulations, University of Colorado Boulder
Access Online, Offline
Computer Skills Basic