Past Event

Moving at a Glacial Pace (MAKE)

October 20, 2020
4:00 PM - 4:45 PM
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In this demo, Laurel Zaima will help you explore how glaciers flow in your home kitchen! While they may look like solid blocks of ice up close, glaciers are so heavy that gravity causes the ice that makes up glaciers to ooze, like honey. Together, you’ll cook up some goo* and get a feeling for how glaciers actually move. Appropriate for students in grades 2-5, with adult assistance.

Presenter: Laurel Zaima, Education Program Assistant, Marine Geology & Geophysics, Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory, the Earth Institute

*To make and experiment with your own glacier goo (which is not mandatory, but suggested), here’s what you’ll need:

Part 1:

1 20 oz cup
1 stirring stick
3/4 cup warm water
1 cup Elmers white glue

Part 2:

1 8 oz cup
1/2 cup warm water
1 stirring stick (for the 8 oz cup)
2 tsp. Borax powder
1 qt plastic zip lock bag