Earth Institute LIVE (EI LIVE) K12 is dedicated to bringing the science of sustainability to K12 students, educators, and parents.
About this Event
Presenter: Jonny Kingslake, Assistant Professor, Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences
Target Audience: Grades 11-12
Glaciers are large volumes of ice that accumulate in the world's coldest regions. They are so large that they flow under their own weight like a fluid, affect global sea levels, and act like a thick insulating blanket on the Earth's surface. This session will discuss how scientists use mathematics and physics to understand these processes and many others. We will introduce glaciers and how they work, then show you some simple equations that will help us understand how ice insulates the Earth's surface. This session is more advanced. Some familiarity with glaciers, as well as with heat flow, algebra, and other high school physics concepts, will be useful but not required.