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Dust from Great Salt Lake is eroding snowpack


“We used the amount of dust in the snowpack to calculate how much additional sunlight the dust would absorb relative to a dust-free snowpack,” says McKenzie Skiles, assistant professor of geography, “We found that from this one event, dust accelerated snowmelt by five days. And dust from all events [in the spring of 2017] accelerated snowmelt by 25 percent.”

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Last Updated: 3/11/19