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Interesting Facts about Glaciers

1.) Presently, 10% of the Earth's land area is covered with glaciers.
2.) Glaciers store about 75% of the world's freshwater.
3.) Glacierized areas, total, cover over 15,000,000 square kilometers (5.8 million square miles }
4.) Antarctic ice is over 4,200 meters {2.6 miles } thick in some areas.
5.) In the United States, glaciers cover over 75,000 square kilometers {29,000 square miles} with most of the glaciers located in Alaska.
6.) During the last Ice Age, glaciers covered 32% of the total land area of the planet.
7.) If all land ice melted, sea level would rise approximately 70 meters {210 feet} worldwide.
8.) North America's longest glacier is the Bering Glacier in Alaska, measuring 204 kilometers (126 miles } long.
9.) Antarctic ice shelves may calve icebergs that are over 80 kilometers {50 miles } long.
10.) Almost 90% of an iceberg is below water--only about 10% shows above water.
11.) The Antarctic ice sheet has been in existence for at least 40 million years.

 

 

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