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Melting Ice Movements

Find out what civil engineers need to know to plan flood defences for snowy regions and experiment by making and testing melting rates on orbs of ice.

Melting Ice Movements

Content type: Home activity

Last updated: 29 April 2022

Author/s: ICE

Civil engineers keep us safe from flooding in a variety of ways, from sea defences to river dredging (digging up the river to make it deeper).

Alpine flood defences are needed to protect towns and villages from water created by spring melting snow and ice in mountainous areas, causing a risk to lives and property. To plan and build alpine flood defences, civil engineers have to know how quickly ice and snow melts in different temperatures.

This challenge involves experimenting with making ice spheres and measuring melt rates.