Snow Traps Additional Information

Recommended Web sites:

Erica David presented some of her findings at the International Snow Science Workshop on Sept. 20, 2004, in Jackson Hole, Wyo. See Avalanche Institute).
To learn more about trapping snow to increase water supply, go to and Agri-Food Canada).

For information about living snow fences, see (University of Nebraska).

Information about engineering studies of blowing snow and fences is available at (Tabler & Associates) and (Wyoming Water Association).

You can learn more about the Discovery Channel Young Scientist Challenge at (Science Service) and (Discovery Channel).

Information about the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair is available at (Science Service) and (Intel).

For links to other Science News for Kids articles about the Discovery Channel Young Scientist Challenge and the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair, see

Vanderbilt University’s Girls and Science Camp has a Web page at University).

Sohn, Emily. 2006. Snowflakes and avalanches. Science News for Kids (Jan. 18). Available at

______. 2004. A dire shortage of water. Science News for Kids (Aug. 25). Available at

ScienceFairZone: Effect of Snow Fences on Snowdrifts

Books recommended by SearchIt!Science:

Snow Amazing: Cool Facts and Warm Tales— Jane Drake, Ann Love

Published by Tundra Books, 2004.

If you want to know anything and everything about snow, turn to this playfully illustrated book. Its short chapters cover dozens of snowy topics: how snow crystals develop, spring thaws, how filmmakers film snow, snow prints, avalanches, snowbirds, and more. Along with weather information, stories of snowy expeditions, and information about snow-dwelling plants and animals, the book offers wintry folktales from around the world.

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Power Words

sublimation The process of changing from a solid to a gas, or from a gas to a solid, without turning into a liquid first. Frost sometimes evaporates by sublimation.Solid carbon dioxide, known as dry ice, seems to give off smoke at room temperature. This “smoke” is actually the solid carbon dioxide turning directly into a gas in the process known as sublimation. Dry ice is useful for packing certain materials that need to stay cold, since it doesn’t melt and get everything wet.

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