Vail Daily column: Fascinating facets

3rd January, 2015 by

By Edward Stoner

Editor’s note: This is the first of two parts. Living in Eagle County, we can all consider ourselves familiar with snow. We either fight it or love it all winter, but how often do we stop to appreciate its intricate and delicate nature? Snow, specifically individual crystals, are unique, but also undergo constant change, or metamorphosis, as they fall from the sky and turn into grains in our snowpack. By understanding that snow is constantly changing, we can learn a lot about our Colorado snowpack. Snow starts in our atmosphere as water vapor that crystalizes on a nucleating particle (dust, …

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