17.1. Glaciation – Learning Outcomes

After reading this chapter of the textbook, learning the vocabulary, and working through the review questions, students should be able to:

  • Define the term glacier and describe where glaciers are found on Earth.
  • Describe the features of glaciers and how they grow, shrink, and move.
  • Describe the different kinds of glaciers, and the erosional features they leave on the Earth’s surface.
  • Describe how changes to thermohaline circulation could change temperatures around the world.
  • Describe how Milankovich cycles influence climate.

Learning outcomes not covered in the textbook chapter in detail, but we may discuss them in class (depending on your professor):

  • Describe how geologists use oxygen isotopes in ice to determine paleotemperatures on Earth.


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