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Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Greenland: Dark Snow Project, 2014 field work season

by Greg Laden, Greg Laden's Blog, ScienceBlogs, May 14, 2014

The Dark Snow Project is staring up again, it being almost summer(ish) in Greenland.
The results in the study of the odd 2012 winter are now in. That year, there was a huge spike in melting on the surface of Greenland. (Discussed here.) One idea is that a good part of this melting was caused by extra soot from extensive wildfires in North America, which increased the amount of solar energy collected on the ice surface.
The results confirm this, and the Dark Snow team is returning this year to collect more information.

The Dark Snow project is crowd funded, and you are asked to provide a donation. More information on that here.

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