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Trail of Fire Leads to Less Snow, Threatened Water Resources

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Photo of smoke from a forest fire going up in to the sky

New Mexico's 2011 Las Conchas fire as it races down the flanks of the Jemez Mountains.

Credit: Wikimedia Commons


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Burned tress at NSF's Jemez River Basin CZO and the Valles Caldera National Preserve.

Ghosts of the forest stand guard over NSF's Jemez River Basin Critical Zone Observatory and the Valles Caldera National Preserve.

Credit: Valles Caldera National Preserve


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On Rabbit Mountain, N.M., scientists ski through the healthy forest

On Rabbit Mountain, N.M., scientists survey slopes with unburned healthy forests.

Credit: Paul Brooks


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Scientist skis through the burned forest

A comparison survey of Rabbit Mountain's badly burned forests.

Credit: Paul Brooks


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Scientist Adrian Harpold digs out an instrument used to measure snowmelt chemistry.

Scientist Adrian Harpold digs out an instrument used to measure snowmelt chemistry.

Credit: Allison Peterson


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Paul Brooks collects snow samples

Paul Brooks collects samples for snow density, chemistry and physical structure.

Credit: Brian Chaszar


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