The Physical Environment CONTENTS | ATLAS | GOOGLE EARTH

Glacial Systems

Glacial Systems


Use the links below to review and assess your learning. Start with the "Important Terms and Concepts" to ensure you know the terminology related to the topic of the chapter and concepts discussed. Move on to the "Review Questions" to answer critical thinking questions about concepts and processes discussed in the chapter. Finally, test your overall understanding by taking the "Self-assessment quiz".

Additional Resources

Use these resources to further explore the world of geography


video icon "USGS Public Lecture Series: Baked Alaska--What's Happening to the Glaciers in Alaska?" (September, 2009)

video icon "Glaciers"  (Annenberg/CPB) from the site: "Many of the world’s most beautiful landscapes were made by glaciers. This program shows how, explaining glacial formation, structure, movement, and methods of gouging and accumulating earth. The program provides images of glaciers and glacial landforms such as moraines, and discusses how study of glaciers may help us understand ice ages and the greenhouse effect." (30:00) Go to the Earth Revealed site and scroll to "Glaciers". One-time, free registration may be required to view film.

video icon "What's Happening to Alaska's Glaciers? Their Dynamic Response to Changing Climate and Other Factors" Dr. Bruce Molina (USGS) Descriptive Flyer pdf.

video icon "Snowball Earth" National Geographic


Satellite Image Atlas of Glaciers of the World (USGS)


readings icon Glaciers on Mt. Rainier (USGS Open-File Report 92-474) Brief overview of Mt. Rainier's glaciers including, glacier flow, glaciers and climate, and history of glacier fluctuations.





For Citation: Ritter, Michael E. The Physical Environment: an Introduction to Physical Geography.
Date visited.

Please contact the thePitts (host) for inquiries, permissions, corrections or other feedback.
Lisa Pitts (

Help keep this site available by donating through PayPal.

Creative Commons Share Alike Logo

This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 International License..

© 2020 The Physical EnvironmentSouthern California
Powered By DreamHost