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Glacier Dynamics Activities:

Contributed by: Gary Wesche, Polar Educators International, PEI and member of the Cresis expedition team to Byrd Surface Camp, Antarctica, 2009 as a PolarTREC teacher.

As scientists in any number of fields of research in Antarctica it is likely you have been asked to speak to a variety of audiences about your work and often about Antarctica itself. For many groups their knowledge of this icy continent is limited.

Snow2ice educ activityDepending on where they are located they may have limited knowledge of ice and snow and the dynamics of glaciers.

Whether you have 15 minutes or 45 minutes the Center for Remote Sensing of Ice Sheets, (CRESIS), has developed a number of activities on Glacier Dynamics in there extensive curriculum, Ice Ice Baby! These hands-on activities utilize easy to obtain items to allow your audience to participate in their own understanding of glaciology.

If you are fortunate to have an ongoing relationship with an audience or group of students the 9 activities in Glacier Dynamics get progressively more advanced giving you a chance to increase your audiences understanding.

Especially helpful are the lesson plans, which can be left with a classroom teacher for their continued use with their students. They contain a basic background, directions, discussion questions, a materials list, vocabulary list, evaluation tools and links to related activities within the Ice Ice Baby! curriculum.

Check out the first lesson, How do snowflakes become ice without melting? You don’t even need snow. All you need is a few marshmallows!

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