The Ice Albedo Effect

The ice albedo effect is a phenomenon where ice and snow reflect more incoming solar radiation than dark surfaces like water or soil, which absorb most of the incoming radiation. This means that when ice and snow cover a surface, like a lake or a field, it can cause the area to become cooler. This is because the reflected radiation does not get absorbed and converted into heat, which would normally cause the area to become warmer. The ice albedo effect has an important role in the Earth’s climate, as it helps to keep temperatures around the poles colder than they would be otherwise.

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