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.