The photo above is of the glaciated Nant Ffrancon valley in North Snowdonia, Wales.
I used some of the resources below just for my own interest & education in this area. The videos would be enjoyed by most children even though they may not understand some of the content. Glaciers, Madame How’s ice-ploughs really are a fascinating study.
I’ve put some other resources on my Ambleside Online Pinterest board.
What is a glacier?
A mass of ice which moves down a valley from above the Snowline towards the sea under the force of gravity.
According to my Penguin Dictionary of Geography, more lakes are due to glacial erosion than any other cause. Glaciation is the covering of an area, or the action on an area, by an ice-sheet or glaciers. This series of videos explain glacial erosion – ‘plucking,’ cirques, glacial horns, the formation of roche moutonnées and other landforms. I lost the original video I had when I moved over to WordPress. I haven’t seen all of these so please preview them for appropriateness.
Glaciers with chocolate: Did you know that glaciers hold nearly 2% of Earth’s water?
Not the greatest picture – I took this photo of my husband standing in front of the Fox Glacier in the South Island of New Zealand on our honeymoon. It was a very eerie, surreal atmosphere & an awe-inspiring sight.
This one below is the Tasman Glacier at Mount Cook. We took our four eldest children aged 2 to 8 years at the time up the Ball Hut Road when we spent some time living in New Zealand and looked down on this from a different angle. Spectacular, but I was glad to get off the side of Mount Cook. I was waiting for an avalanche to take us all out.
What is an iceberg?
A mass of land ice which has broken off or “calved” from the end of a glacier or from an ice shelf, and is afloat in the sea.
Snowdonia – good photos of glacial activity and its effect on the land. Old earth perspective. Some fantastic photos of the area here and here
Pg 89 – the power of ice & snow. Some news photos of effects of a winter storm in New England, January, 2015.
Pg 91 – Kingsley mentions the Esquimaux (Eskimo) in relation to living in a permanent winter environment. There are many videos related to life in the Arctic but here is one from 1959.
‘Many of the surficial geologic deposits which are the foundation for the fertile farmland soils and deposits we extract from sand and gravel pits were laid down during glaciation.’
Blog About Britain is an interesting spot for information on Geology, amongst other topics, in the UK. Sandra also has a regular newsletter you may sign up for. A good resource for those in the UK.
Posts for previous chapters of Madame How & Lady Why: