More Accurate Snow Measurements
Geologists use GPS and lasers to assess snowfall amounts.
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- Snowfall - The depth of snow that falls over a specified area during the past day or the previous observation.
- Laser - A device that emits an intense beam of light of a single color or narrow range of colors. Laser stands for Light Amplification by Stimulated Emission of Radiation.
- Global Positioning System (GPS) - A satellite-based navigation system that uses approximately 30 satellites, each containing atomic clocks that circle the Earth and can precisely identify a location anywhere on the planet.