Conceptual Physics (12th Edition)

Published by Addison-Wesley
ISBN 10: 0321909100
ISBN 13: 978-0-32190-910-7

Chapter 17 - Think and Explain: 85

Answer

The weight of the glacier applies sufficient pressure to the open structure of ice to crush the ice to the liquid phase, i.e., it melts the ice. This produces the "wet underside" of the glacier.

Work Step by Step

This is discussed on page 328.
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