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Fundamentals of Physical Geography

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James Petersen
ISBN: 9781133606536

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Fundamentals of Physical Geography

2nd Edition
James Petersen
ISBN: 9781133606536
Textbook Problem

How does glacial ice differ from snow?

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The way in which glacial ice differs from snow.

Explanation

Glaciers are large moving masses of ice. “The transformation of snow to ice takes place gradually, as younger snow progressively buries older snow.”

Glaciers form when snow accumulates over an extensive period of time. The process begins as snow starts falling as hexagonal ice crystals that contain beautiful intricate and variety of snowflakes. The density (mass per unit volume) of snowflake is low of about 0.1 grams per cubic centimeter (0.06 oz/in.3).

The transformation of snow to ice takes place, when the snow accumulates on the land and gets compacted along with partial melting and refreezing at pressure points into a mass of smaller, rounded grains...

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