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Question #3534 posted on 02/23/2004 12:04 a.m.

Dear 100 Hour Board,
What would happen if snow was black instead of white?
- Monday

A: Dear Lunes,
Then the world would be a very dark, ugly place.
- Aprender
A: Dear Monday:

It would melt a lot faster because it would absorb all radiant energy (at least in the visible spectrum). Also, the only way to change the apparent color of snow is through a major change in the molecular structure of water. That would entail messing around with a lot of the properties (polarity, viscosity, melting and boiling points) that make it such a useful compound. This would have serious repercussions on all life as we know it.

-- Misaneroth