"Snow swamp" develops on Canada's Lowell Glacier • Earth.com

Last update: December 7th, 2019 at 8:00 am

Today’s Image of the Day from NASA Earth Observatory shows the outcome of rapid snowmelt in the Kluane National Park Reserve in Canada’s Yukon Territory.

In just four days, a significant amount of snow from the previous winter transformed into slush on the Lowell Glacier.

Glaciologist Mauri Pelto, who has monitored glaciers in this region for 38 years, said he has never seen a “snow swamp” of this size develop so quickly.

“The only way to generate such an extensive snow swamp is to have the snow saturated with water all the way to the surface,” said Pelto.

In this false-color image, which was captured on July 26th by the Operational Land Imager (OLI) on the Landsat 8 satellite, areas of water that are frozen appear light blue and areas with significant meltwater appear dark blue.

By Chrissy Sexton, Earth.com Staff Writer

Image Credit: NASA Earth Observatory

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