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For something to be considered a living organism it must go through a process of homeostasis the tendency towards a relatively stable equilibrium between interdependent elements All living organisms need food water shelter and oxygen They are also characterized by metabolism reproduction evolution and the fact that they have inputs and outputs Although glaciers have some similarities to living organisms it has no means of homeostasis therefore glaciers are not exactly like living organisms Glaciers dont go through a process of homeostasis which is key in defining a living organism They dont need to eat or excrete nor does it have a way of sustaining itself or have some form of cell complex This exemplifies the fact that glaciers are not like living organisms Even though glaciers are not like living organisms they do have some things in common Glaciers do need a specific environment to vigorously grow and develop They require very specific climatic conditions most which are found in regions of high snowfall in winter and cool temperatures in the summer These conditions ensure that the snow that accumulates in the winter isnt lost by melting or evaporation during the summertime This also proves that like humans glaciers have inputs and outputs too which causes them to change and develop The input being snowfall and the output being the melting of the ice which keeps the glacier from deteriorating Full scale glaciers are formed when snow accumulates over time turns into ice and begins to flow out and downwards under the pressure of its own weight There are also different types of glaciers but they are all decaying and will eventually all melt and become extinct These characteristics help prove that glaciers can be regarded as an example of evolution
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