Life Under the Snow

Life Under the Snow

The winter landscape can appear essentially barren of wildlife, but a surprising array of life thrives above, within, and beneath blankets of snow.

By Jeff Hull
Published: November-December 2010

The smaller, microbial life that flourishes under the snow is just beginning to be understood, and it, too, prospers according to the whims of weather. But the lifecycles of subnivean microbes seem to have even further-reaching ramifications than local population dynamics. We see snow as a transformative element, brilliantly whitening our vision. But beneath its still surface, these tiniest of life-forms ebb and surge, ravaging secret winter feasts. Their tiny subnivean lives and deaths alter the composition of our atmosphere--and may affect the entire planet's health.

This story originally ran in the November-December 2012 issue as "Packed to the Hilt."

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Jeff Hull

Jeff Hull, a freelance writer in Huson, Montana, is the author of Streams of Consciousness, a collection of outdoor essays.

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MMA
RUGBY
ICEHOCKEY
SOCCER
BOXING
AMERICAN FOOTBALL
BASKETBALL
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TRAMPOLINING
SWIMMING
BASEBALL

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MMA
RUGBY
ICEHOCKEY
SOCCER
BOXING
AMERICAN FOOTBALL
BASKETBALL
GYMNASTICS
TRAMPOLINING
SWIMMING
BASEBALL

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