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Sublimation Occuring on Top of Mt. Everest

Sublimation occurs more readily when certain weather conditions are present, such as low relative humidity and dry winds. Sublimation also occurs more at higher altitudes, where the air pressure is less than at lower altitudes. Energy, such as strong sunlight, is also needed. If I was to pick one place on Earth where sublimation happens a lot, I might choose the south face of Mt. Everest. Low temperatures, strong winds, intense sunlight, very low air pressure—just the recipe for sublimation to occur.

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Mt. Everest, losing some snowcover due to a common windstorm. Snow is also constantly lost, invisibly, due to sublimation.

Credit: Benjamin D. Oppenheimer

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