In Pursuit of Snow

On July 3 we went past the first Mud Lake to the second lake in pursuit of a snow sample. After reaching the lake and skirting around the west end, we crossed the outlet, and then scrambled up a large boulder field on the south side. Earlier in the week we had spotted a patch of snow and were hoping to get back in time to get a sample. We were to late, it was already gone, but we found some cool rocks, a cave, and took some great pictures. From the valley floor you can still see a large patch of snow above the third lake, it looks like we’ll have to go higher on our next trip if we want a sample. Part of our study is interested in how snow pack affects the chemistry of these lakes. Snow is fairly acidic and collects a lot of atmospheric pollutants, we want to get lab analysis on snow from this sub watershed to include in our report.

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About Diana Dalbotten

Diana Dalbotten is the Director of Diversity and Broader Impacts for the National Center for Earth-surface Dynamics and the St. Anthony Falls Laboratory, University of Minnesota; and for the Geoscience Alliance, a national alliance for broadening participation of Native Americans in the Geosciences.

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