Icebergs float from the calving Mendenhall glacier, which originates in Alaska's Coast Range. The glacier velocity dataset reveals that about 40 percent (approximately 20 cubic km) of ice lost annually in Alaska is due to calving alone, mostly from a few coastal glaciers. © UAF

Glacier Power

Glacier Power started as a 1997 middle-school curriculum supplement produced by the Alaska Satellite Facility (ASF) in collaboration with glaciologists, local scientists, teachers, students, and artists. Although parts of the supplement have become outdated, several components of Glacier Power are still user favorites and rank among ASF’s most-visited pages.

ASF has updated Glacier Power content in the form of Q&A pages and lesson plans for teachers. Many of the Q&A pages contain vocabulary lists, review questions, or exercises.

Glacier Power – What is a Glacier?

A Glacier Begins with Small Snowflakes Glaciers are massive and incredibly powerful but they begin with small snowflakes.  Each lacy, delicate crystal flake is unlike any other; imagine how many…

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