Ice Divide

An ice divide is the boundary on an ice sheet, ice cap or glacier separating opposing flow directions of ice, analogous to a water divide. Such ice divides are important for geochronology investigations using ice cores, because such coring is typically made on top of a dome of an ice sheet to avoid interference caused by horizontal ice movement. Ice divides are used for looking at what the atmosphere was like in history. The ice is very accurate because instead of shifting horizontally like normal ice, it moves vertically downward with time trapping gases into its layers. Scientist find these ice divides and take ice cores from them, which are typically long cylinder poles of ice, and evaluate them. Once they have these ice cores, they are able to look through it and find elements that the snow and ice carried down with it during that time period such as sulfate, nitrate, and other ions. These ice cores are important in determining how our atmosphere has changed for the better or worse, and how we can fix it such as the greenhouse effect which discovered when scientist found how much more greenhouse gasses was in our atmosphere than there was in the past.

Scientists from around the United States came together to find the perfect ice divide in order to go the furthest into the past. They formed the WAIS project. This project is funded by the United States National Foundation, and is ran by scientists from many organizations such as National Ice Core Laboratory, Ice Drilling Design and Operations (IDDO), and over fifty Universities. The WAIS project is located in West Antarctica, and the goal is to look into the past 100,000 years. WAIS is better than other ice divides because of the amount of snow it gets. This large amount of snow causes there to be a very small off-set from the ages of the ice to the air and gases trapped inside. This gives the scientists to give much more precise predictions of what the atmosphere was like in history. If the WAIS project is a success it will educate scientists around the world how the atmosphere of Earth has changed completely over 100,000 years.

Types of glaciers
  • Aufeis
  • Cirque glacier
  • Ice cap
  • Ice field
  • Ice sheet
  • Ice shelf
  • Ice stream
  • Ledoyom
  • Outlet glacier
  • Rock glacier
  • Valley glacier
  • Ablation zone
  • Accumulation zone
  • Bergschrund
  • Blue ice
  • Crevasse
  • Dirt cone
  • Firn
  • Ice divide
  • Ice tongue
  • Icefall
  • Lateral moraine
  • Medial moraine
  • Moraine
  • Moulin
  • Randkluft
  • Sérac
  • Terminus
  • Ablation
  • Accumulation
  • Basal sliding
  • Calving
  • Creep
  • Motion
  • Outburst flood
  • Overdeepening
  • Plucking
  • Retreat
  • Starvation
  • Surge
  • Ice core
  • Mass balance
Glaciovolcanic relations
  • Jökulhlaup
  • Subglacial eruption
  • Subglacial volcano
  • Tuya
Glacial landforms
  • Arête
  • Cirque
  • Crag and tail
  • Fjord
  • Glacial horn
  • Glacial lake
  • Glacial striae
  • Hanging valley
  • Ribbon lake
  • Roche moutonnée
  • Tunnel valley
  • U-valley
  • Zungenbecken
  • Drumlin
  • Drumlin field
  • Erratic block
  • Moraine
  • Moraine-dammed lake
  • Pulju moraine
  • Rogen moraine
  • Terminal moraine
  • Till plain
  • Veiki moraine
  • Diluvium
  • Esker
  • Giant current ripples
  • Kame
  • Kame delta
  • Kettle hole
  • Outwash fan
  • Sandur
  • Urstromtal
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Famous quotes containing the words divide and/or ice:

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    “The room’s very hot, with all this crowd,” the Professor said to Sylvie. “I wonder why they don’t put some lumps of ice in the grate? You fill it with lumps of coal in the winter, you know, and you sit round it and enjoy the warmth. How jolly it would be to fill it now with lumps of ice, and sit round it and enjoy the coolth!”
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