Explore Albedo

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CreditUniversity of Alaska Museum of the North
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An image of the Sun shining on a snowy surface.

Create an albedo collage and see which surfaces absorb or reflect heat. Albedo is the measure of how much light something reflects. The more light something absorbs, the lower its albedo and the warmer it will get. Areas with high albedo reflect more light and energy and stay cooler. The Earth reflects about 30% of the Sun’s energy. Different regions of Earth have different land cover, and they reflect sunlight in different amounts.