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Katabatic Winds in Antarctica

We know that Antarctica is the coldest, driest, and the windiest place in our planet. But little did we know the power of katabatic winds and the impacts it has on fresh snow layers. Air directly above the ice is colder and denser than the warmer layers above. So, it gets trapped and accelerates rapidly down slopes and have the potential to reach speed of up to 90 km/hr (25 m/s) and such winds are referred to as katabatic winds.

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