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Video: How We Measure Glaciers (Byte-Sized Science)

Canada’s landmass and climate supports approximately 20% of the Earth’s glacier ice volume excluding the Antarctic and Greenland ice sheets. Outside of the ice sheets of Antarctica and Greenland, Canada has more glacier coverage in the form of mountain glaciers, icefields and ice caps than any other nation.

In Canada, glaciers and ice caps are found in the Arctic where they occupy ~150,000 km2 of the Queen Elizabeth Islands, Baffin Island, and Bylot Islands, and in the Western and Northern Cordillera region which supports ~50,000 km2 of glacier coverage.

Scientist Mark Ednie takes us on a trip up to Nahanni National Park were he and his colleagues measure a glacier. The amount of mass that’s gained through the winter is compared to the amount of ice that’s lost in the summer.

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