Wednesday, November 21, 2012
Filthy Ice = Ice That Melts More Readily
Well, kind of.
Look closely at the photo, including the shady area at upper left. The ice is filthy. Why is that matter? Virgin ice bounces most of the energy back. Soot absorbs the sun's energy and accelerates the melting. Here is an example below.
Where does the soot come from? Some papers suggest it is from China which can be seen in this photo.