Penitent snow, Austrian Alps

Penitent snow, Austrian Alps

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Credit: MARTIN RIETZE/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: Penitent snow. Mountain landscape with nieves penitentes (penitent snow) formations (white). These blades of hardened snow or ice, found at high altitudes, are oriented in the general direction of the Sun. Photographed in December, on the Kreuzspitze peak (3457 metres) in the Otztal Alps of Austria, part of the Central Eastern Alps.

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Keywords: 2011, alpine, alps, austria, austrian, austrian alps, central eastern alps, cold, december, europe, european, frozen, geological, geology, glaciology, high altitude, kreuzspitze, landscape, meteorological, meteorology, mountain, mountains, nieves penitentes, otztal alps, penitent snow, physical geography, slope, solar effect, weather, winter

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