Ice on the move

Flowing glaciers help scientists study climate change

By Alexandra Witze, 14:17 PM April 16, 2011

The ice cubes you put in a drink may seem pretty solid to you. But if you had a really, really big blob of ice, it could actually flow, like a very slow river. Gravity would pull it downhill.

The biggest Arctic iceberg in five decades (circled) broke off Green lands Petermann Glacier on August 4, 2010. Credit NASA

These moving chunks of ice are called glaciers. They sit in very cold, very high places like the tops of mountains or near the North and South Poles. You might have seen pictures of glaciers from Glacier National Park in Montana. Or maybe you know someone who took a cruise to Alaska.

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