Dust has a big impact on snowmelt in Utah Today’s Video of the Day from the University of Utah describes how dust deposits impact snow levels across the Wasatch Mountains.
The researchers found that a single dust storm in 2017 contributed 50 percent of all the dust for the entire season.
The darkened snow on the surface absorbed more sunlight, causing the snow to melt a week earlier Utah is known for its natural diversity and is home to features ranging from arid deserts with sand dunes to thriving pine forests in mountain valleys. It is a rugged and geographically diverse state at the convergence of three distinct geological regions: the Rocky Mountains, the Great Basin, and the Colorado Plateau. As seen above in video the Dust has a big impact on snowmelt in Utah.
Utah covers an area of 84,899 sq mi (219,890 km2). It is one of the Four Corners states and is bordered by Idaho in the north, Wyoming in the north and east; by Colorado in the east; at a single point by New Mexico to the southeast; by Arizona in the south; and by Nevada in the west. Only three U.S. states (Utah, Colorado, and Wyoming) have exclusively latitude and longitude lines as boundaries.
The study is published in the journal Environmental Research Letters.
By Chrissy Sexton, Earth.com Staff Writer
Video Credit: University of Utah