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Quiz[edit | edit source]


1 True or False, The study of the internal dynamics and effects of glaciers is called glaciology.


2 The cryosphere is likely to include which of the following?

water in solid form
sea ice
lake ice
river ice
snow cover
ice caps
ice sheets

3 The science of the behavior of frozen snow is called

4 Chemistry phenomena associated with glaciology are

carbon dioxide
organic compounds
the human genome

5 Complete the text:

Satellite imagery and data from ground surveys are used to reconstruct the

pattern of the principal longitudinal and

features produced on a continent-wide scale by the last

sheets in Europe and


6 Complete the text:

Match up the glacial object with each of the possibilities below:
ice cap - A
optical characteristics of sediment suspensions - B
water in solid form - C
behavior of frozen snow - D
ice sheets - E
dirt cones - F

lake Veitastrondsvatn



Antarctica and Greenland

Vatnajökull, Iceland


7 Complete the text:

Match up the object with the image:
melting permafrost - A
Vatnajökull, Iceland - B
the Cryosphere - C
Antarctica - D
pancake ice - E
uplift - F
Duvanny yar cliff.jpe.jpeg


Cryosphere Fuller Projection.png

Seaice 04.jpg


Antarctica 6400px from Blue Marble.jpg


8 Yes or No, Looks like a mountain glacier and has active flow; usually includes a poorly sorted mess of rocks and fine material; may include: (1) interstitial ice a meter or so below the surface (“ice-cemented”), (2) a buried core of ice (“ice-cored”), and/or (3) rock debris from avalanching snow and rock is a rock glacier?


9 Which of the following is not a glacier?

Vatnajökull, Iceland
the last ice sheets in Europe and North America
the cryosphere
an abyssal plain
frozen snow
ice sheets are in Antarctica and Greenland

10 True or False, During the last glacial period at Last Glacial Maximum (LGM) the Laurentide ice sheet covered much of North America.


11 Which of the following is not a characteristic of ice?

an albedo as high as 80%
thin water frost deposits
ice knobs
tidal heating events
surface is composed of water ice

Hypotheses[edit | edit source]

  1. There are near or subsurface glaciers on Mars.

See also[edit | edit source]

External links[edit | edit source]

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