GLACIAL EROSION DEMONSTRATION
In this fun and easy geology science experiment, we’re going to investigate and explore glacial melt and erosion.
- Empty quart sized yogurt container or comparable container
- Large rubber band
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- Put about an inch of sand and pebbles into the bottom of the yogurt container.
- Add about two inches of water and freeze until solid.
- Remove the container from the freezer and repeat the layering process until the cup is full.
- Set the board against a step outside to create a ramp.
- Remove your mini glacier from the container. You may have to run hot water over the outside of the container to release the ice.
- Turn your glacier upside down on the board and carefully drive a nail into the ice chunk.
- Now carefully drive a nail into the top center portion of the board.
- Attach one end of the rubber band to the nail on the board and the other end of the rubber band to the nail on your mini glacier.
- Observe the sand and pebble deposits your glacier leaves as it melts.
I hope you enjoyed this super quick tutorial and had fun creating your own glacier to investigate and explore how glacial erosion works.
Pro tip: Use this activity to create some excitement around discussions or lessons about glaciers, erosion, geology, and more!
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