These brief video segments can be used alone or in combination, to introduce a topic or to spark discussion among your students. The video segments can be adapted for any grade level – suggested focus questions are provided. Stream the video segments from the playlist below, or scroll to the bottom of the page to find downloadable QuickTime versions of the videos. These videos are also used in the lesson plan You’re as Cold as Ice! (grades 9-12).
Ireland, like much of the Northern Hemisphere, was completely covered by glaciers during the Ice Age. As the glaciers advanced and retreated over the land, they shaped and changed the surface of the landmass through the processes of erosion and sedimentation. Segments from the NATURE episode “Ireland” provide examples of the effects glaciers can have on a landscape.
Suggested Focus Questions:
Clip 1: Forming the Burren
- How did the glaciers change the limestone outcrops?
- How did large boulders come to rest on flat stretches of land?
- What might the Burren look like if the glaciers covering it had been larger, and had moved at a faster pace?
Clip 2: Glaciated Landscape
- How did frost action change the rock faces?
- Describe Ireland’s landscape during the Ice Age.
- What features of the landscape appear to be sculpted by glaciers? How can you tell?
Downloadable QuickTime versions of the video segments:
(Note: To download a video, right=click on the video title and click “Save Link As…’ or “Save Target As…”. On a Mac, press the CTRL key and simultaneously click the mouse, then save the link.)
Clip 1, “Forming the Burren”
Clip 2, “Glaciated Landscape“