COSEE Ocean Systems: News
Coal mine dust hastens Arctic snow melt
Description: Dust released by an active coal mine in Svalbard, Norway, reduced the spectral reflectance of nearby snow and ice by up to 84 percent, according to new research. The study illustrates the significant, localized role that dark-colored particulates-which absorb more solar radiation than light-colored snow and keep more heat closer to the Earth's surface-can play in hastening Arctic ice melt. [Source: University of Colorado | Boulder]
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Source: University of Colorado | Boulder
Publish Date: 2/1/2017
Reading Level: Basic
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