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What is the relationship between polar ice sheets and all other types of glaciers?

About 99.3% of Earth’s glacier ice is located in the polar ice sheets, with about 91.4% in Antarctica and about 7.9% in Greenland. Therefore, the remaining glacier ice, about 0.7% is located in “temperate” ice caps, ice fields, and glaciers. A temperate glacier is one in which during part or all of the year, liquid water coexists with glacier ice. Hence, a small change in temperature can have a major impact on temperate glacier melting, area, and volume – and it can even affect sea level!

Tags: Global Change, Glaciers, Climate, Snow, Ice, Polar