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Glacier: Cloze Activity
Fill in the blanks below using words from the word bank.
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Word Bank:
salt
water
Poles
summers
Glaciers
Icebergs
snow
river
mountains
greater
Mars
land
Calving
Australia
slowly
shrinks
float
years
water
third

A glacier is a large, long-lasting mass of ice and snow that moves very _____________ over land, like a slow-moving frozen _____________. A glacier forms when layers of snow are compacted. As new snow falls, older layers are compressed into dense ice. A glacier grows in mass when winter snowfall is _____________ than summer snowmelt; it _____________ in mass when snowfall is less than snowmelt.

_____________ are located in cold areas that get _____________ in the winter and have relatively cool _____________ (limiting the melting of the snow). Most glaciers are located near the North and South ___________ or are high in the _____________. There are glaciers on every continent on Earth except _____________. Glaciers are also found on the planet ___________.

Glaciers are made of frozen fresh water (not _____________ water); they store most of the fresh _____________ on Earth. Glaciers hold about 75% of the fresh water on earth and cover about 10% of the land. During the last Ice Age (which ended about 10,000 ___________ ago), glaciers covered almost one ___________ of the _____________.

_____________ is the process in which large ice chunks break off a glacier. _____________ are huge chunks of floating fresh-water ice that break off a glacier or ice shelf and _____________ out to sea. Most of an iceberg is hidden beneath the _____________.


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