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Fastest Glacier

NOVA scienceNOW

This video from a 2005 NOVA program features scientists who study how the Jakobshavn Isbrae glacier in western Greenland is shrinking and moving faster due to increased melting over the past ten years. The video includes footage of scientists in the field explaining methods and animation of ice sheet dynamics leading to faster glacier movement.

Video length: 7 min.

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About the Science

  • NOVA scienceNOW correspondent Peter Standring accompanies scientists as they explore the complex dynamics of the massive Jakobshavn glacier in Greenland and try to unravel the mystery of its hurried melting.
  • The location of the Jacobshavn Glacier is not shown in the video.
  • This is a good movie that shows experts in the field, includes field imagery as well as sketches of processes that are referred to in the video.
  • Comments from expert scientist: The video provides quite a nice review of the basics of glacier motion in Greenland, and some good graphics to illustrate the main processes. I found the language to be clear and easily understandable. Video is out of date (2005) and newer information is needed to provide a complete picture.

About the Pedagogy

  • Additional materials, including questions answered by experts who are featured in the video, are included with video.
  • Transcript provided.
  • Visual learners will enjoy the stunning visuals.
  • Footage of scientists in field and of the methods scientists use can help demystify the research process.

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  • Full screen video is grainy.
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