The Day After Tomorrow (2004)


Concept featured in clip:
Ice Shelf
Location of clip: DVD: Beginning - 6:14


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Summary of clip: The movie starts with a view from above sweeping over the ocean near Antarctica. There are large chunks of ice in the water. As the scene progresses, the glaciers get larger and larger until it arrives at the Larson B Ice Shelf. There is a team of scientists drilling on the ice shelf and collecting samples of ice to analyze its content. The ice shelf starts to break apart. It looks similar to an earthquake where the ground splits. A large chunk of ice shelf breaks away and drifts into the ocean.

Connection of flickclip to the concept:An ice shelf is a large mass of ice floating on ocean water. It is similar to a very large glacier. Usually, smaller chunks break away from the ice shelf around the edges near the ocean forming glaciers. In this scene, a huge mass of the ice shelf breaks away.
Suggestions to teachers:
1. Suggested questions for students when viewing the clip:

a. Why were the scientists digging up pieces of ice from the ice shelf? What could they hope to learn from them?

b. What is it called when a piece of an ice shelf breaks away ?

c. What causes pieces of ice to break away from the shelf ?

2. This clip is suited for an earth science class studying climiate. The teacher could lead a discussion about other places in the world that have similar climate. Students could research other ice shelves around the world.