Reading: 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 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 the Tool

Tool Name All About Glaciers
Discipline Geography, Earth Sciences
Topic(s) in Discipline Glaciers, Cryosphere
Climate Topic Climate and the Cryosphere
Type of Tool Reading
Grade Level High school, Undergraduate
Location Global
Language English
Developed by National Snow and Ice Data Center
Hosted at National Snow and Ice Data Center

Access Online
Computer Skills Basic