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They litter the ground’s surface in the Upper Midwest and New England, where they pose a great problem to farmers. Stones must be removed from fields, or they will damage plowshares and other equipment. Occasionally, boulders the size of houses can be found in fields! Lakes and many short rivers with deranged drainage patterns are among the most obvious glacial features of the north. Mountain glaciers, unlike continental ice sheets, tend to increase relief, or the ruggedness of terrain. Because of their sculpting action, anyplace in the world where Alpine glaciers have formed (now or in the past) will show telltale signs of their chiseling, erosive force.

Landform Regions At the next level are features such as mountains, plateaus, hills, and plains, each of which occurs within the region. The highest mountain within the Polar World (and all of North America) is Alaska’s majestic Mount McKinley, or Denali. This spectacular peak rises 20,320 feet (6,194 meters) above the surrounding plains, which are near sea level. No mountain in the world can match its vertical rise from base to peak in such a close horizontal distance. Several peaks in Alaska’s Brooks Range exceed 8,000 feet (2,500 meters), the tallest being snowand glacier-covered Mount Michelson, with an elevation of 9,239 feet (2,816 meters).

Where ice age masses grew to depths of several miles, the overlying weight of the ice actually forced the land downward. The basins occupied by Europe’s North Sea, Asia’s Western Siberian Lowland, and North America’s Landforms and Ecosystems Hudson Bay were all formed in this way. ” When deposited, glacial till (rock debris) takes many forms. Eskers—long, low ridges of sand and gravel—can snake for many miles across the terrain. Drumlins are smaller depositional features that are half-egg-shaped in form.

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