Glaciers

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  • Glaciers
  • Climate

Topics

  • Glaciers
  • Climate

Description

Adjust mountain snowfall and temperature to see the glacier grow and shrink. Use scientific tools to measure thickness, velocity and glacial budget.

Sample Learning Goals

  • Explain how environmental conditions (temperature and precipitation) impact glacial mass budget; identify where snow accumulates in a glacier and justify why.
  • Explain how ice moves within a glacier; describe and illustrate flow within a glacier.
  • Explain or illustrate (demonstrate) how glaciers (i) stay at equilibrium, (ii) grow/advance, (iii) shrink/retreat, and (iv) form; compare climatic conditions leading to each.
  • Determine and illustrate how multiple advance-retreat cycles affect the record of glacial end moraines.
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Teacher-Submitted Activities

Investigating Climate Change at the Macroscopic and Microscopic Level A gold star indicates high-quality, inquiry-based activities that follow the PhET design guidelines. This contribution was designed by PhET. Amy Rouinfar HS
MS
Lab Earth Science
Glaciers Earth Science A gold star indicates high-quality, inquiry-based activities that follow the PhET design guidelines. Ryan Tucek HS Lab Earth Science
Alignment of PhET sims with NGSS This contribution was designed by PhET. Trish Loeblein HS Other Physics
Earth Science
Chemistry
Biology
How do PhET simulations fit in my middle school program? This contribution was designed by PhET. Sarah Borenstein MS Other Biology
Chemistry
Earth Science
Physics
MS and HS TEK to Sim Alignment Elyse Zimmer MS
HS
Other Physics
Chemistry
Biology
Investigating Glaciers John Judkins HS
MS
Lab
Guided
Earth Science

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Design Team Third-party Libraries Thanks To
  • Wendy Adams
  • Bob Anderson
  • Andrea Blair
  • Chris Malley (developer)
  • Archie Paulson (lead)
  • Kathy Perkins
  • Dylan Ward
  • JFreeChart
  • Piccolo