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Ice as an Agent of Sculpting Land

Glaciers are formed when snow, compressed into large thickness of crystalline ice mass, develops an ability to move due to sheer mass. These glaciers together with snow and ice constitute the cryosphere which covers nearly 10 per cent of the surface of the earth (NSIDC, undated). The major part of ice and glaciers is found as ice caps and ice sheets in Arctic, Antarctic and Greenland, apart from the Himalaya, Andes and Europe. The glacierised area of the earth is...

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