Media Advisory
30 June 2009

Dust alters alpine ecology

Earlier mountain snowmelt, caused by increased dust deposition, leads to changes in plant growth and flowering in alpine landscapes, according to a new study published this week in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS). Thomas Painter, who worked on the study, is director of the Snow Optics Laboratory at the University of Utah, and an affiliate scientist of NSIDC.

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