Lab 3: Mountains of Ice

The lab activity was developed by Jeff Lockwood of TERC and Alison Mote of the Ann Richards School for Young Women Leaders for the EarthLabs project.

Summary and Learning Objectives

In Part A of this activity, students investigate how massive ice sheets can alter the landscape and deposit their sediments in the ocean. In Part B, students examine the phenomena that trigger the onset of ice building and subsequent periods of ice melting—Milankovich Cycles.

After completing this Lab, students should be able to:

  • Explain how the advance and retreat of glaciers affect rates of deposition and other Earth processes.
  • Describe the processes that enable glaciers and ice sheets to increase the rate of sedimentation at ocean margins.
  • Identify the climate cycles and explain what causes them.
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