Like HowStuffWorks on Facebook!

How Glaciers Work

Lots More Information

Related HowStuffWorks Articles

More Great Links


  • Alt, David. Glacial Lake Missoula and Its Humongous Floods. Mountain Press Publishing Company, May 1, 2001.
  • Chorlton, Windsor. Planet Earth: Ice Ages. Time-Life Books, 1983.
  • Gallant, Roy A. Glaciers. Franklin Watts, September 1999.
  • Great Lakes Information Network. “Lake Michigan Facts and Figures.”
  • Hoffman, Paul F. and Schrag, Daniel P. “Snowball Earth.” Scientific American, Jan. 2000.
  • Maasch, Kirk A. “Nova: The Big Chill.” PBS.
  • Macdougall, Douglas. Frozen Earth: The Once and Future Story of Ice Ages. University of California Press, May 2, 2006
  • National Snow and Ice Data Center. “Quick Facts.”
  • Paleontological Research Instutition. “Formation of the Finger Lakes.”
  • Pelto, Mauri S. and Miller, Maynard. “Terminus Behavior of Juneau Icefield Glaciers 1948-2005.”
  • Ramanujan, Krishna. “Fastest Glacier in Greenland Doubles Speed.” NASA.
  • Science Daily. “Antarctic Ice Loss Speeds Up, Nearly Matches Greenland Loss.”
  • Science Daily. “Baffin Island Ice Caps Shrink By 50 Percent Since 1950s, Expected To Disappear by Middle of Century.”
  • Sengupta, Somini. “Glaciers in Retreat.” New York Times, June 17, 2007.
  • United States Geographical Survey. “Glaciers and icecaps: Storehouses of freshwater.”
  • Universität Zürich. “Alpine glacier shrinkage stronger than expected.” Nov. 15, 2004.
  • University of Montana. “Speeding Glaciers: UM researchers study movement of ice rivers.”
  • University of Wisconsin, Stevens Point. “Drumlin.”