The Jewels That Mountains Wear Essay examples

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The Jewels That Mountains Wear

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How much ice did you ever see in one place? An ice tray full? A skating rink full? A pond full? A river frozen from bank to bank? That 's a lot of ice. But there are places in the world where there is more. Much more.

You know how high mountains are. There are places where the space between mountains is crammed and jammed and packed full of ice.

This kind of ice is called glacier.

This video simply explains how glacier is formed.

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Glaciers are the jewels that mountains wear. Sometimes they are as blue as sapphires. When the sun shines on them, glaciers may look like gold. At sunset they may look sparkling ruby red. By starlight they 're all diamonds and silver.

How did all this ice, this glacier, get up there so high in the mountains?

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First, snow fell on the mountains.

High up, where it is always very cold, some of the snow never melts, not even in summer. More snow kept falling on the snow that was already there. Year after year the snow grew deeper.

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It grew so deep and heavy that the snow at the bottom was crushed by the weight of the snow on top. It was crushed so much that it was packed into ice. (Have you ever packed a snowball between your hands? You do this by squeezing the snow until it becomes almost like ice instead of soft, loose snow.)

There was another thing that helped make…

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