Strata in the Snow

Before we had a bit of a thaw this week, we had something like eighteen inches of snow on the ground. Base – not drifts. That’s a lot of snow. I noticed that along the edges of the plowed walkways you could see an interesting cross section of layers formed by all the individual snowfalls we’ve had.

A couple inches of snow fall and settle, and then another inches fall on top of them and settle, etc. etc. It looks like geological layers in a rock formation. You could stage a miniature archaeological dig in there.

I know not everyone has a lot of snow this winter, but if you do and you’re looking for something fun to do with it, my friends at Cool Things in Nature (remember this?) have put together an instructional video on building a quinzhee snow shelter.

I’m not in the video because it’s from last week when I had stomach flu. Let me know how it goes if you give it a try!

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