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What are glaciers?

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What are glaciers? Glaciers are large masses of ice that form on land and move slowly under their own weight. They are found in cold mountainous places or polar regions. Some glaciers are huge continuous sheets of ice, such as those covering Antarctica and Greenland. But most are rivers of ice that move slowly through valleys until they melt and become rivers.

Such glaciers are common in the Himalayas, Alps and Rocky Mountains. Because of its enormous weight a glacier scrapes off large amounts of rock and debris, wearing away the valley floor and sides until it carves out a deep 'U-shaped' valley.
Glaciers formed the deep fjords that line the coast of Norway.


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Category: Education  - ( Education Archive)

Date Added: 12 December '11


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