Past Event

EI LIVE K12The Earth’s Blanket - Physics of Glaciers

March 11, 2021
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

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.

Please click on this link to register ( A link to join the session will be provided to all registered participants 24 hours in advance.

If you would like to submit any questions before the event, please send them to Cassie Xu ([email protected]).

Contact Information

Cassie Xu