Phenomena

Snowy Deserts

Windblown snow bears a certain resemblance to desert sands or a Martian landscape. Many of the same aeolian processes–like erosion, transport, and deposition–take place in each. The animation above shows an example of suspension, where fine snowflakes are lifted and carried along near the ground. Larger snowflakes may bounce or skip along the surface in a process called saltation. For more, check out some of the crazy things snow does or learn about how dunes form. (Image credit: Redemption Designs, source video)

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