wxsniss Posted January 21 Share Posted January 21 One for the humans. I lobbed ChatGPT an easy one curious how it would do: Explain the dendritic growth zone in snow growth The dendritic growth zone (DGZ) is a layer in the snowpack where dendritic crystals form. Dendrites are a type of snow crystal that have a branching, fern-like shape. They form in the lower part of the snowpack, near the ground, when the snow is subjected to temperature gradients and metamorphism. The DGZ is typically located between the new snow and old snow layers and is characterized by small, dense crystals that are less likely to cause avalanches than depth hoar crystals. The DGZ is important for understanding the physical and mechanical properties of the snowpack, such as its strength and deformation. The formation and persistence of the DGZ in the snowpack is controlled by factors such as snow depth, temperature gradients, and the presence of liquid water. 1 1 Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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