Snow and Ice

Long Shadows of Mongolian Mountains
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Long Shadows of Mongolian Mountains

In central Asia, jagged mountain peaks rise high above the steppe.

Published May 26, 2024

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Antarctic Ice Shelf Spawns Iceberg A-83
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Antarctic Ice Shelf Spawns Iceberg A-83

The Brunt Ice Shelf lost a large wedge of floating ice, the third sizeable iceberg to calve from the shelf in recent years.

Published May 23, 2024

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Sierra Snowpack Springs Back
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Sierra Snowpack Springs Back

A May storm dumped over two feet of snow in one day on parts of the California mountain range.

Published May 6, 2024

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Pangong Lake in Winter
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Pangong Lake in Winter

Months before the arrival of tourists and migrating birds, this high-elevation lake on the Tibetan Plateau was glazed with ice.

Published May 5, 2024

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Snow Cover
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Snow Cover

Snow and ice influence climate by reflecting sunlight back into space. When it melts, snow is a source of water for drinking and vegetation; too much snowmelt can lead to floods. These maps show average snow cover by month.

Mar 2000 — Apr 2024

Snow and Ice