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James Petersen
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James Petersen
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FIGURE 16.22 Ice sheets and ice caps flow outward and downward from the center, where the glacier is thickest.

How is this manner of ice flow different from and similar to that of an alpine glacier?

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The difference and similarity in the manner of ice flow in the accompanying image to that of an alpine glacier.

Explanation

The shape of the continental ice sheets and ice caps is similar to a convex lens in a cross section, which has a thick center part that gradually thins down toward the edges. They flow radially outward in all directions from the thick central zone of accumulation where the pressure is highest to the surrounding zone of ablation. The pressure is lesser in the edges because of lesser ice thickness...

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