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The Aletsch glacier is the largest in the Alps of Switzerland. Credit: Dirk Beyer.

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Quiz[edit | edit source]


1 Yes or No, A slow-moving river of ice is called a glacier.


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 glaciers are

carbon dioxide
organic compounds

5 Complete the text:

It has been recognized from previous studies that

, as opposed to automated, delineation of glacier

tended to digitize only a subset of all glaciers in a region, in general the


6 Complete the text:

Match up the astroglacial object with each of the possibilities below:
ice cap - A
Christensen Glacier - B
water in solid form - C
behavior of frozen snow - D
ice sheets - E
Fedchenko Glacier - F
Antarctica and Greenland





Vatnajökull, Iceland


7 Complete the text:

Match up the object with the image:
Wedgemont alpine glacier - A
Vatnajökull, Iceland - B
the Cryosphere - C
Antarctica - D
Sawyer Glacier - E
Malaspina Glacier - F
Trips 04 - Mt Wedge - 02 (90961463).jpg

Antarctica 6400px from Blue Marble.jpg

Malaspina Glacier in Southeastern Alaska.jpg

Cryosphere Fuller Projection.png

Whaler off of NOAA Ship John N. Cobb-Sawyer Glacier.jpg



8 Which of the following is not a glacier?

Vatnajökull, Iceland
Van Allen radiation belts
the last ice sheets in Europe and North America
the cryosphere
frozen snow
ice sheets are in Antarctica and Greenland

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


10 Which of the following is not a glacial characteristic of ice?

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

11 Yes or No, A glacier that has one or more tributary glaciers that flow into it is a branched-valley glacier?


Hypotheses[edit | edit source]

  1. There are no glaciers on Io.

See also[edit | edit source]

External links[edit | edit source]

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