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Homework Help: TRUE/ FALSE Glacial Question

  1. Feb 15, 2015 #1
    1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data

    The presence of a huge ice sheet helps support itself by changing the amount of energy the Earth receives.

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    2. Relevant equations

    3. The attempt at a solution
    Ice sheets have high albedo, therefore earth gets less solar energy?
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  3. Feb 15, 2015 #2


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    Sounds OK to me.

    Although discussing it in terms of "Earth receives" is an exaggeration, we talk about the local situation. It can be easily seen even on just a few square feet of snow how prominent is the effect of having clean white surface vs "dirty" snow.
  4. Feb 15, 2015 #3
    Thank you!
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