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Section 5
How Do Glaciers Affect Sea Level?

In this section you will find materials that support the implementation of EarthComm, Section 5: How Do Glaciers Affect Sea Level?.

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  1. To view the Vostok ice core data, visit the following web site:

    Vostok Ice Core
    Provides Vostok ice core data.

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How Glaciers Affect Global Sea Level

Background Information: Sea Surface and Sea Level, Atmospheric Radiation Measurement Program, DOE
Reviews terms commonly used to describe sea level change, the causes of long- and short-term sea level change, how sea level change is tied to global warming, how weather impacts sea level, and more.

Ice Sheets and Glaciers, NASA
Introduces ice sheet and glacier formation, their importance in regards to influencing and monitoring global climate, their influence on atmospheric and oceanic circulation, how glaciers move, and their impact on sea level change. Also looks at the technology that scientists use to study glaciers.

Sea Level and Climate, USGS
Looks at how glacial-interglacial cycles impact sea level and how the melting of today's glaciers could cause sea level to rise.

The Contribution of the Cryosphere to Changes in Sea Level, National Snow and Ice Data Center
Reviews the influence of glaciers on sea level. Includes a graph that shows how glaciers have contributed to sea level changes over the past 40 years.

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