Today, glaciers exists on every continent on Earth except Australia. If we use the analogy that 1,000 ice crystals represent all of the glacier ice on Planet Earth, then we learn that:
Temperate glaciers exist on the continents of North America, South America, Europe, Africa, and Asia, on both islands of New Zealand, and on the island of Irian Jaya.
Water is the most abundant chemical compound present on Earth's surface. About 2.1% of all of Earth's water is frozen in glaciers. If we use the analogy that 1,000 drops of water represent all of the water on Planet Earth, then we learn that:
Today, there are glaciers in both the United States and Canada. In the US, glaciers exist in Alaska, Washington, Oregon, California, Montana, Wyoming, Colorado, and Nevada.
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.
Probably you've seen this when driving on a road that has been cut through a hill. You are really seeing an exposed portion of water-bearing subsoil and bedrock.
Glacier ice is composed of hexagonal-shaped crystals composed of H2O molecules.
Yes and No – Theoretically speaking, the physical, chemical, thermal, and electrical properties of “refrigerator ice” and glacier ice are identical: viscosity, heat of fusion, latent heat, heat capacity, dielectric constant, thermal conductivity, absor