What if the Ice Shelves Melted?

This activity is a hands-on guided inquiry activity designed to highlight the role of an ice shelf on slowing the movement of continental ice sheets in Antarctica. Students build a model of Antarctica and both continental glaciers and ice shelves using paper models of the land and slime for glaciers and ice. Students use their model to explore the impact of recent and potential ice shelf melting and break-up.

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LuAnn Dahlman

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Teaching Tips

Teaching Tips

Download and read the Leader Notes for this activity at http://www.andrill.org/flexhibit/flexhibit/materials/activities/Leader_N....

Consider doing [link http://cleanet.org/resources/42698.html 'Activity 5A - Charting Temperature Changes'] before this activity and [link http://cleanet.org/resources/42700.html 'Activity 5C - How does Melting Ice Affect Sea Level?'] afterwards.

Could be done as a demo or by pairs/small groups of students.
Materials are messy and guaranteed to provoke laughter, so supervision is important.