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What is a glacier?


A glacier is a large persistent body of ice.

Characteristics of a Glacier

1) Made of ice and snow

2) It is large and cold


Originating on land, a glacier flows slowly due to stresses induced by its weight. The crevasses and other distinguishing features of a glacier are due to its flow. Another consequence of glacier flow is that it pushes rock and debris along its path to form valleys and hills. A glacier forms in a location where the accumulation of snow and sleet is greater than it ability to melt over many years, often decades or centuries. A glacier is different than from sea ice and lake ice that form on the surface of bodies of water.

Places Glaciers are Found


Glacier Bay NAtional Park in Alaska

The Franz Josef Glacier in New Zealand


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