Glaciers form when snow remains in the same area year-round, and over time new layers of snow bury and compress the previous layers, forming ice1. Your decision to become part of a glacier in the majestic Rocky Mountains, however, may be slightly different than you anticipated. Although deep parts of the glacier may remain as ice for several hundred years2, glaciers also melt in the summer. You’ll be moving again before you know it!
- National Snow and Ice Data Center. (2020). How are glaciers formed? | National Snow and Ice Data Center. Retrieved May 20, 2020, from https://nsidc.org/cryosphere/glaciers/questions/formed.html
- Science Learning Hub. (2009). Storage in the water cycle. Retrieved May 20, 2020, from https://www.sciencelearn.org.nz/resources/722-storage-in-the-water-cycle
- Alberta WaterPortal. (2012). Alberta Glacier Inventory and Ice Volume Estimation. Retrieved May 20, 2020, from https://albertawater.com/glaciers-overview
- Martha, G. (2016). Why are Lakes and Rivers in the Canadian Rocky Mountains so Brilliantly Turquoise Blue? Retrieved May 20, 2020, from http://sciexplorer.blogspot.com/2016/01/why-are-lakes-and-rivers-in-canadian.html