TITLE

DUST AND SNOW

AUTHOR(S)
Nijhuis, Michelle
PUB. DATE
May 2006
SOURCE
High Country News;5/29/2006, Vol. 38 Issue 10, p4
SOURCE TYPE
Periodical
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
The article presents findings of Tom Painter, a researcher at the National Snow and Ice Data Center in Boulder, Colorado, related to snow and dust from the snow covered slopes of the San Juan Mountains in Colorado and New Mexico. In his previous researches, Painter found that if dust deposits in the mountains increase due to any reason, than the snowmelt will happen faster and will finish sooner, leading to a bigger and earlier peak flows in streams and rivers. While conducting his research on dust and snow, Painter observed that although to a casual observer the snow looks white, but on a closer inspection one would find that it is covered with streaks of red and pink dust. He further found that most dust in the San Juans comes from northern Arizona, and that there is a hint that things have changed in the past 100 to 150 years, with dust deposits appearing to have increased significantly. According to the researchers, if the dust events would continue to increase, then the mountain snow will melt earlier in the spring, and the summer droughts that may ensue could lead to more dust, further eroding the mountains' ability to store water.
ACCESSION #
21043726

 

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