Find a
Select grade level(s) Select resource type(s) Select collection(s) Select standard(s) Skip navigation Digital Library for Earth System Education
Digital Library for Earth System Education
Search tips
Changes in the Antarctic Ice Sheet DLESE Reviewed Collection
The Antarctic ice sheet changes in size over the course of a year. When it is summer in the southern hemisphere, the ice sheet decreases in size. As the ice sheet melts, it releases fresh water into the ocean. In the southern winter (our summer), the ice refreezes, drawing fresh water out of the surrounding ocean, leaving the salt behind. These seasonal changes in the ice sheet are examined in this activity, utilizing satellite imagery.
Intended for grade levels:
  • Primary (K-2)
  • Intermediate (3-5)
  • Middle (6-8)
  • High (9-12)
Type of resource:
  • For the classroom:
    • Classroom activity
    • Computer activity
    • Lab activity
  • Visual:
    • Illustration - artistic
    • Imagery - remotely sensed
    • Map
  • Biology
  • Climatology
  • Cryology
  • Ecology
  • Environmental science
  • Geographical Sciences:
    • Physical geography
  • Natural hazards
  • Ocean Sciences:
    • Physical oceanography
Technical requirements:
The activity can be done using NIH Image software.
Cost / Copyright:
No cost
Copyright 2000. Gulf of Maine Aquarium. All rights reserved.
DLESE Catalog ID: DWEL-000-000-000-314
Educational standards:
  • National Science Education Standards (NSES):
    • 5-8:
      • Unifying concepts and processes:
        • Evidence, models, and explanation
      • D - Earth and space science:
        • Structure of the earth system
      • F - Science in personal / social perspectives:
        • Natural hazards
    • 9-12:
      • Unifying concepts and processes:
        • Evidence, models, and explanation
      • B - Physical science:
        • Interactions of energy and matter
      • D - Earth and space science:
        • Energy in the earth system
  • National Geography Standards:
    • Physical systems:
      • The physical processes that shape the patterns of Earth's surface
    • The uses of geography:
      • How to apply geography to interpret the present and plan for the future
    • The world in spatial terms:
      • How to use maps and other geographic representations, tools, and technologies to acquire, process, and report information
Resource contact / Creator / Publisher:
Publisher: Gulf of Maine Research Institute