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Illustrated Glossary of Alpine Glacial Landforms
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Illustrated Glossary of Alpine Glacial Landforms

The heavy, grinding action of glacial ice as it moves through mountain and continental landscapes wears away rock and soil and creates distinctive landforms. Glaciers carry debris, which they deposit when they melt and retreat.

Explore the various landforms that glaciers create here.

University of Colorado, Boulder
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Observe How Glaciers Erode Bedrock Surfaces

Observe How Glaciers Erode Bedrock Surfaces

Huge erosional forces, glaciers create a variety of landforms as they move across bedrock. Click through the images to see a sampling of them. More...

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McDougal Littell
A Glacier Carves a U-Shaped Valley

A Glacier Carves a U-Shaped Valley

Glaciers and streams sculpt the land in different ways. Running water cuts winding curves and V-shaped valleys. Glaciers often carve nearly straight valleys with U-shaped cross-sections. Find out how these natural processes happen. More...

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National Park Service
Geology Fieldnotes: Cape Cod National Seashore

Geology Fieldnotes: Cape Cod National Seashore

If you’ve ever vacationed on Cape Cod, Martha’s Vineyard, or Nantucket, you’ve frolicked on beaches created by the farthest reaches of the last great glacier in North America. Find out more. More...

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National Park Service
Glacial Erosion Landforms: Test

Glacial Erosion Landforms: Test

Think you have those glacial landscapes and processes all figured out? Try this 6-question quiz to challenge yourself! More...

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BBC
Glaciers and Landscapes

Glaciers and Landscapes

You can play around with this section of terrain in Rocky Mountain National Park. Tour glacial features and take a trip back hundreds of thousands of years to see glacial action. More...

Interactive
National Park Service
How Boulders Are Born

How Boulders Are Born

Big boulders don’t just pop up out of nowhere. Watch this short video to learn how glaciers helped them form. More...

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NPR/Science Friday
Landscapes of Glacial Deposition

Landscapes of Glacial Deposition

As glaciers melt, they let go of the debris they’ve picked up through erosion to create a number of different landforms. See what they are, then test your knowledge by naming them on a blank diagram. More...

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BBC
Rebound: An Earth Story

Rebound: An Earth Story

What happens when the weighty ice of glaciers and ice sheets disappears? Does Earth’s surface bounce back? This animated video explains all about this “heavy” subject. More...

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American Geophysical Union
You’re as Cold as Ice!: Ireland

You’re as Cold as Ice!: Ireland

For 2 million years during the Ice Age, glaciers sculpted Ireland’s landscape, creating features such as the immense boulders that randomly dot its limestone regions. Check out the videos! More...

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NATURE/PBS

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