Glacial Isostatic Adjustment
Skills and concepts that students must have mastered
- Students must be familiar with ArcGIS Explorer.
- Students must be able to read simple topographic maps.
How the activity is situated in the course
Content/concepts goals for this activity
- Understand that there have been multiple instances when ice ages have occurred in Earth's past.
- Explain the relationship between the thickness of ice covering a land surface and the amount of depression of that surface.
- Explain the relationship between the thickness of the ice covering a land surface and the amount of glacial isostatic rebound likely.
- Explain the relationship between the thickness of the ice covering a land surface and the timing of glacial isostatic rebound.
- Be able to identify the timing of the Pleistocene ice age and the extent of ice coverage in our local region.
- Compare the area of the Antarctic ice sheet with the ice sheet that covered North America during the Pleistocene.
- Describe the thickness of the Antarctic ice sheet.
- Describe the pattern of glacial isostatic adjustment in North America following the retreat of the Pleistocene ice sheet.
- Describe the relationship between sea level and ice ages.
Higher order thinking skills goals for this activity
Other skills goals for this activity
- The activity supports writing skill development.
- The activity supports basic GIS data handling and collection skills.
- The activity supports GIS visualization and critical thinking skills.
Description of the activity/assignment
Determining whether students have met the goals
Teaching materials and tips
- Activity Description/Assignment: Glacial Isostatic Adjustment (Microsoft Word 2007 (.docx) 2.1MB Mar7 10)
- Instructors Notes:
- Solution Set: