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Glaciers and Ice Caps - The Melting

The change from a solid state, snow and ice, to a liquid state, water, makes the Arctic sensitive to climate change and introduces many dangerous positive feedback loops that can drive sudden detrimental climate shifts. Detrimental climate shifts that can affect the whole planet and human civilization. Includes interviews with leading glacial experts from around the country.
  • Title ID 34-GLI
  • Science, Earth Science, Geology, Meteorology
  • 1 Program
  • 4 Supplemental Files
  • 10th Grade through Post Secondary
  • Published by Ambrose Video Publishing Inc./Centre Communications
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Glaciers and Ice Caps - The MeltingRunning time is 29 minutes

Here, students study glaciers, ice caps, and climate change.

Chapter List
Ice Sheets, Glaciers and ice caps are decreasing.
The Arctic and Antarctica
The Arctic and Antarctic are vast regions encompassing the North and South Poles respectively.
The Warming of the Arctic
Global warming or climate change causes positive feedback loops that are responsible for the warming of the arctic.
The Melting Ice Caps
Climate change is shrinking the ice caps.
Thawing of the Permafrost
Global warming is causing the permafrost to melt, which in turn causes villages like Shishmariff in Alaska to erode into the sea.
Melting of Glaciers and Ice Sheets
With glaciers and ice sheets melting, sea level will rise possibly destroying many coastal cities.

Supplemental Files

Blackline Master Quiz - Glaciers and Ice Caps - The Melting
MARC Records for GLI
MARC records for the series Glaciers and Ice Caps - The Melting
Teacher Guide - Glaciers and Ice Caps - The Melting
Transcription for Glaciers and Ice Caps - The Melting


"The question, according to interviewed experts in this survey of ice cap melting, is how much and how fast ice caps are melting, not if melting will occur. Scientists in the Arctic and Antarctica show how the world's great ice sheets and polar caps are disappearing, while computer graphics help illustrate concepts, demonstrating how overall warming is affecting ocean levels, movement of currents, and ice caps. Scholars explain that thawing of the permafrost releases additional trapped carbon, which speeds up melting. This cycle continues accelerating and seems unstoppable. An experiment using mounds of ice melting on asphalt illustrates how glaciers shift as they melt... this title makes the topic most accessible for students"