Snow and Ice

Snowy and Icy Peaks with Very Different Origins
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Snowy and Icy Peaks with Very Different Origins

Researchers find that ice caps on the mountains of Pluto are made of methane, but develop through an opposite process from that on Earth.

Published Oct 25, 2020

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Snow Melts in the Andes
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Snow Melts in the Andes

As springtime arrives in the Andes, winter snow melts to provide an important water source for local communities.

Published Oct 20, 2020

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The Specter of a Mega-Tsunami in Alaska
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The Specter of a Mega-Tsunami in Alaska

Landsat images helped convince researchers that a slumping mountainside overlooking Barry Arm fjord could pose a tsunami hazard.

Published Oct 6, 2020

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Spalte Splits
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Spalte Splits

In summer 2020, a huge piece of ice split off from the Arctic’s largest remaining ice shelf.

Published Oct 1, 2020

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Snow Cover
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Snow Cover

Snow and ice influence climate by reflecting sunlight back into space. When it melts, snow is a source of water for drinking and vegetation; too much snowmelt can lead to floods. These maps show average snow cover by month.

Mar 2000 — Sep 2020

Snow and Ice