Diamond Dust (Florent Domine)

Video Shot in: 2009

Dr. Florent Domine, who conducts research in snow physics and snow chemistry, as related to climate change and permafrost decay, talks to Arcticstories in Utqiaġvik, Alaska, where it is currently snowing, but there are no clouds in the sky. He describes the snow as very tiny crystals that are falling slowly and accumulating on the roof of his tent. This type of clear-sky precipitation is called diamond dust and is the dominant form of precipitation on the AntArctic ice cap, less common here in the Arctic. Dr. Domine is excited to sample the snow and is careful to ensure that it is not contaminated. He has instruments in his tent to sample snow from different locations, and he is currently cleaning up the snow that has fallen through the gaps in the fabric of his tent.