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Science, Earth and Space Sciences, Visual and Performing Arts

Resource Type

  • Artwork

Regional Focus

North America, United States, USA - West, Washington

"Decline in Glacier Mass Balance"

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  • This is a watercolor and colored pencil artwork by Jill Pelto and is part of a series about the major impacts of global warming.
  • "Decrease in Glacier Mass Balance" uses measurements from 1980-2014 of the average mass balance for a group of North Cascade, Washington glaciers. 

Teaching Tips


  • The painting is simple and easy to appreciate and interpret.
  • There are references at the bottom that can help explain the concept of glacier mass balance.
  • This resource is ideal for sparking creativity in students.

Additional Prerequisites

  • Learners should be familiar with the concept of glacier mass balance.


  • The educator can sign the students up for a collaborative project with the artist Jill Pelto.
  • Consider inviting the artist to speak via zoom about the artwork from her perspective.
  • Students can be challenged to represent other climate change risks they identify in their community, in the form of art.
  • The reference link provides a supporting video and article that students can use to learn more about glacier mass balance.
  • Students can create a work of art inspired by Jill Pelto's style or an environmental issue that they feel strongly about.
  • Other works by Jill Pelto include "Landscape of Change""Measuring Crevasse Depth", and "Increasing Forest Fire Activity".

Scientist Notes
This resource shows continued deficit in glacier budget. This resource is recommended for teaching.
  • Arts
    • Art and Design: Standard 3 - Students will critically interpret intent and meaning in order to evaluate artistic work.
      • A.A.R.11.m Describe details, subject matter, context, and the formal characteristics of an artwork using art and design vocabulary.
      • A.A.R.12.m Compare and contrast the use of media, design principles, and context to influence ideas, emotions, and actions.
      • A.A.R.13.m Interpret the formal and expressive qualities in a work of art or design and integrate those qualities into their own work.
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