Glacier Facts

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  • A glacier is a large, flowing river of ice that usually moves very slowing.
  • When a chunk of ice breaks off a glacier it is called “calving”.
  • When that chunk of ice floats in the water it is called an iceberg.
  • Most glaciers are found in the polar regions of the world.
  • As the glaciers move across the ground they grind against the earth and carves out valleys.
  • Large boulders can be frozen inside a glacier or pushed along by a glacier, and moved many miles before it is dropped.
  • Glaciers cover about six million square miles of the Earth’s surface, but they are melting at an alarming rate.
  • Between 10,000 to 15,000 icebergs are calved each year.
  • There are animals, such a polar bears , seals and walruses that use icebergs as a place to rest and hunt for food.
  • The Titanic sunk in the Atlantic Ocean because it hit a huge iceberg.

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