Title

Glacial Movement

Date

5-31-2018 9:00 AM

End Time

31-5-2018 9:15 AM

Location

WUC Pacific Room

Session Chair

Melinda Shimizu

Session Title

Shaping our world: Glaciers and their impact on Western North America

Presentation Type

Presentation

Faculty Sponsor(s)

Melinda Shimizu

Abstract

Both slow, creeping, and grinding glacial movement called creep and sudden, powerful, fast glacial movement called surging has a dramatic impact on their environments and is a process that is still not fully understood. In glaciated areas, it is important to understand how and why glaciers move not only for construction but for personal safety. Many papers were compiled in order to find out the causes for the movement and to see if they apply to all glaciers. Using theses studies we learn that glacial movement is the end result of many interacting variables. Examples are included from Alaska, Iceland, Greenland, and North America. Glacial growth and movement seem to be a factor of seasonal changes, gradient, and internal strength and composition. Glacial surges and their causes are not well known so this presentation will discuss what we do know, and the importance and implications of surging.

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May 31st, 9:00 AM May 31st, 9:15 AM

Glacial Movement

WUC Pacific Room

Both slow, creeping, and grinding glacial movement called creep and sudden, powerful, fast glacial movement called surging has a dramatic impact on their environments and is a process that is still not fully understood. In glaciated areas, it is important to understand how and why glaciers move not only for construction but for personal safety. Many papers were compiled in order to find out the causes for the movement and to see if they apply to all glaciers. Using theses studies we learn that glacial movement is the end result of many interacting variables. Examples are included from Alaska, Iceland, Greenland, and North America. Glacial growth and movement seem to be a factor of seasonal changes, gradient, and internal strength and composition. Glacial surges and their causes are not well known so this presentation will discuss what we do know, and the importance and implications of surging.