Glacier movement

Moving glaciers

A river of ice in Greenland has become the fastest-flowing glacier currently known in the world, a study suggests.

Links to GCSE syllabus: Glacial budget: accumulation and ablation, advance and retreat. Case study of a glacier –recent retreat since nineteenth century: causes and evidence. Seasonal shifts in temperature and glaciers.

Links to AS syllabus: Glaciers as systems: glacial budgets. Ice movement – types of flow: internal deformation, rotational, compressional, extensional and basal sliding; warm and cold based glaciers.

Read the article here from BBC news, a good case study of a retreating glacier (The retreat of the Jakobshavn glacier in Greenland) for GCSE or further reading and food for thought on how glaciers move and the glacial budget at AS level.

The retreat of the Jakobshavn glacier in Greenland.

The retreat of the Jakobshavn glacier in Greenland.

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