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Wind-blown snow does not lie flat. It forms dunes, ripples, and anvil-shaped sastrugi. These features ornament much of the snow on Earth and change the snow's effects on polar climates, but they have rarely been studied. We spent three winters watching snow move through the Colorado Front Range and present our findings here, including the first time-lapse videos of snow dune and sastrugi growth.
TC | Articles | Volume 13, issue 4
The Cryosphere, 13, 1267–1281, 2019
https://doi.org/10.5194/tc-13-1267-2019
The Cryosphere, 13, 1267–1281, 2019
https://doi.org/10.5194/tc-13-1267-2019

Research article 16 Apr 2019

Research article | 16 Apr 2019

The evolution of snow bedforms in the Colorado Front Range and the processes that shape them

Kelly Kochanski et al.

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Wind-blown snow does not lie flat. It forms dunes, ripples, and anvil-shaped sastrugi. These features ornament much of the snow on Earth and change the snow's effects on polar climates, but they have rarely been studied. We spent three winters watching snow move through the Colorado Front Range and present our findings here, including the first time-lapse videos of snow dune and sastrugi growth.
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