Glaciology is the study of natural forms of ice, particularly glaciers, and phenomena related to ice. It includes the study of how glaciers are formed and depleted, how they move, and how they affect the physical landscape, the climate, and living organisms. It is one of the key areas of polar research. It also involves research into glacial history and the reconstruction of past glaciation, thus providing insights into the ice ages. The apparent presence of ice on Mars and Jupiter’s moon Europa brings in an extraterrestrial component to the field.

Thus, glaciology is an interdisciplinary earth science, integrating geophysics, geology, physical geography, geomorphology, climatology, meteorology, hydrology, biology, and ecology. The impact of glaciers on humans adds the fields of human geography and anthropology. A person who studies glaciers is called a glaciologist.

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