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Basic Information

Glaciers are large masses of persistent ice (surviving over a time scale of many years). Glaciers are primarily found in the Antarctic, Greenland, certain other parts of the high Arctic, and high mountains.

Glaciers flow, rather like rivers or lava flows, though much slower - a 'fast' glacier may move a couple of meters per day (though the Jakobshavn Glacier in Greenland moves up to 20 meters a day). Fast-moving glaciers can even produce 'glacial earthquakes', and the frequency of these quakes appears to be increasing — possibly due to climate change?


1. Wikipedia article on glaciers
2. Wikipedia article on glacial earthquakes

Game and Story Use

  • Glacial earthquakes and other oddities of glaciers might become important in a campaign set on an ice planet or during an ice age.
  • Out Of Place Artifacts from the distant past might be found preserved in a glacier.
      • In a pulpier / softer science / more fantastic game, prehistoric animals or monsters might be unfrozen from glaciers.
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