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Dust-on-Snow: On Spring Winds, Something Wicked This Way Comes

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Photo showing zebra stripes of dust and snow on the snow surface in Colorado mountains.

"Zebra stripes" of dust and snow are visible on the snow surface in Colorado mountains.

Credit: Center for Snow and Avalanche Studies


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Photo of CSAS Director Chris Landry measuring snow water equivalence in a snowpit.

CSAS Director Chris Landry in June, 2007, measuring "snow water equivalence" in a snowpit.

Credit: Center for Snow and Avalanche Studies


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Photo of scientist Tom Painter tracking radiation in June, 2007.

Scientist Tom Painter tracking radiation in June, 2007; in melting snow, dust comes to light.

Credit: Center for Snow and Avalanche Studies


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Photo of CSAS researcher Andrew Temple in Colorado's San Juan Mountains on May 12, 2009.

CSAS researcher Andrew Temple in Colorado's San Juan Mountains on May 12, 2009.

Credit: Center for Snow and Avalanche Studies


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Photo showing dust layers in a study plot in Colorado's Senator Beck Basin Study Area.

Twelve dust layers in a study plot in Colorado's Senator Beck Basin Study Area.

Credit: Center for Snow and Avalanche Studies


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Photo of University of Utah researchers Annie Bruyant and McKenzie Skiles in Wolf Creek Pass, Colo.

University of Utah researchers Annie Bruyant and McKenzie Skiles in Wolf Creek Pass, Colo.

Credit: Center for Snow and Avalanche Studies


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