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Snows of Mauna Kea

Author: Hugh Bollinger/Tuesday, January 3, 2017/Categories: natural history, photography, sustainability, environment

          

                                     Snows on Mauna Kea, Hawai'i, 12-25-16 (credit: Landsat-8 OLI imager)

Snow can occur in the tropics whenever mountains rise high above their tropical surroundings The snows of Kilimanjaro are well known on the ancient volcano in Tanzania astride the equator but high peaks in Hawai'i also receive regular winter snowstorms. The Landsat-8 Earth imaging satellite captured both of Hawai'is giant volcanoes on the Big Island, after a heavy storm deposited over two a white snow cover. Mauna Kea (nearly 14,000 feet) hosts a collection of telescopes that peer deep into space from their high, clear, vantage point.

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