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Tour of Park Geology - Glaciers and Glacial Landforms

Glaciers emblem


Glaciers are important as indicators of climatic change, as objects of beauty, and as sources of water and recreation. Because glaciers store snow and ice during cold seasons and release it as water during hot, dry weather, they are natural and effective regulators of their water supply. Glaciers have covered almost a third of the world's land throughout time. Evidence of past and present glaciation can be found across our national parks. Explore the parks that exhibit glaciers and glacial landforms by clicking on the links on this page.


Glaciation--Active, alpine glaciation

Glaciation--Alpine glaciation landforms

Glaciation--Continental glaciation landforms

Ice Age Flood landforms--the channeled scablands

Glacial erratic, Denali National Park, Alaska
Glacial erratic, Denali National Park, Alaska
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