By: Nan C Avery
Hoar frost is the ephemeral, delicate crystals that form on lawns, plants or glaciers. They appear like diamonds sparking on the ground. The crystals are fragile and if disturbed can cause natural disasters. Hoar frost has many names. Some call it sugar snow or squares...
Safe alternatives to salt for melting ice
By: Cindy Kessler
Ice removal and prevention is a recurring problem for property maintenance in Snow Belt areas. Inexpensive salt has been used extensively for years by homeowners, road maintenance crews and municipalities to control ice. Unfortunately this has caused extensive damage to automobiles, road surfaces and the...
By: Nan C Avery
“Ahhh, the weather outside is frosty,” the old Christmas Carol says, “let it snow, let it snow, let it snow!” For our early settlers in the cold and snowy weather of New England, there was not much they could do...
The history of snow removal
By: Cindy Kessler
The snow storms on the northeastern seacoast of America were major events causing untold misery and death to the early settlers. As the settlements grew, difficulties in delivering wood and coal for fuel and other supplies during snow storms became an issue of great concern...
Thickest mapped sedimentary deposits in Illinois
By: Hai Shunxi
Bedrock exposures across the majority of Illinois are sedimentary in origin, ranging in age from Cambrian along the LaSalle Anticline near Joliet to scattered outcrops of Cretaceous and Tertiary age at sites along the Mississippi River. Pennsylvanian (Late Carboniferous) rocks blanket more than half the...
What geologists do
By: Hai Shunxi
You may know geologists are earth scientists, and may have seen one interviewed after an earthquake or a new fossil discovery. Most people have never met a geologist, though, and don't know how important the profession is to their lives. What do geologists do, and...
Global warming and its effect on society
By: Irene Warner
Kristoff has written assessments for dozens of funding committees. The pay was good, it was easy work, and it came with all the perks of a government job: minus the messy decisions. It was always the same. A mad scientist drafting up a long-winded...
By: Pauline Abreu
Snowflakes come in many different formations and also vary in size too. Looking at the flakes as they fall you can't tell that they all have their own unique shape. Some are standard types, while others are more elaborate and out of the ordinary. Studying...
By: Pauline Abreu
Snow can be heavy or light depending on what type of snow is falling. A snow blizzard requires a lot of wind and snow to produce the windy snow blowing effect that appears in times of a storm. Snow appears when the air is cold...
A guide to the different forms of frost
By: Betty Carew
There are quite a few types of frost and each have their own required conditions to appear, however there is two common factors that is required for frost to form. These are that vapor is present in the air and the temperature is cold enough...

 

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