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What if the Ice Shelves Melted?
http://www.andrill.org/flexhibit/flexhibit/materials/activities/Activity5B-WhatIfTheIceShelvesMelted.pdf

LuAnn Dahlman, ANDRILL

This activity is a hands-on guided inquiry activity designed to highlight the role of an ice shelf on slowing the movement of continental ice sheets in Antarctica. Students build a model of Antarctica and both continental glaciers and ice shelves using paper models of the land and slime for glaciers and ice. Students use their model to explore the impact of recent and potential ice shelf melting and break-up.

Activity takes one to two hours.

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About the Science

  • The model is simple but the results are dramatic.
  • Comment from expert scientist: The activity provides a way to see the impact of the ice shelves on ice flow on the continent.

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  • The illustrated directions for students are exceptionally well done and each step is accompanied by excellent images to guide students.
  • An excellent use of models to illustrate how scientists determine past climate history. Students present results to visitors in a kind of science exhibit/presentation format. Learning objectives are listed in Leader Notes.
  • Lovely, squishy slime simulates ice.

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