Peralta Colleges, Physical Geography
Rita D. Haberlin, Instructor
STUDY QUESTIONS FOR THE WORK OF ICE
(GLACIERS AND GLACIAL LANDFORMS)
To help you answer the following questions,
review the textbook, Elemental Geosystems, Christopherson, Chapter 14, Pages 461-495,
review Glaciers 101 Tutorial, and then
review the Study Guide and the Web resources in the Web Learning Module Glaciers and Glacial Landforms.
- What is a glacier?
- What is the difference between alpine valley glaciers and continental ice sheets?
- What percentage of the world is covered with ice currently, and during the Ice Age?
- What parts of the world were covered with ice during the Ice Age?
- How did glacial ice on land affect sea level worldwide?
- What would the United States look like if all the glaciers melted?
- What is a glacier budget? What makes glaciers advance and recede?
- Be able to label a diagram of an alpine valley glacier to show the zone of accumulation, the snowline, and the zone of wastage.
- Distinguish between lateral moraine, end moraine, and ground moraine.
- Be able to identify cirques, aretes, horns, glacial troughs, truncated spurs, hanging valleys, finger lakes, and waterfalls from sketches and diagrams. What glacial processes helped to shape each of these landforms?
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