The climatic snow line is the point above which snow and ice cover the ground throughout the year. The actual snow line may seasonally be significantly lower.
The interplay of altitude and latitude affects the precise placement of the snow line at a particular location. At or near the equator, it is typically situated at approximately 4,500 meters (or about 15,000 feet) above sea level. As one moves towards the Tropic of Cancer and Tropic of Capricorn, the parameter at first increases: in the Himalayas the permanent snow line can be as high as 5,700 metres (18,700 feet), whilst on the Tropic of Capricorn no permanent snow exists at all in the Andes because of the extreme aridity. Beyond the Tropics the snow line becomes progressively lower as the latitude increases, to just below 3,000 metres in the Alps and falling all the way to sea level itself at the ice caps near the poles.
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danos (99870) 2014-01-04 23:05
very nice the view of the snowy Mt.with the blue of the sky to creates a great contrast in the scene. I like the beautiful presentation as the excellent light and colour maangement.
emka (100907) 2014-01-04 23:10
fantastic view of the tops of high mountains. Fabulous sharpness and colours, Interesting note about the snow. How lovely are the clouds and their shadows below.
All the best in 2014
SWEETFREEDOM (24621) 2014-01-05 0:15
beautiful composition, i like the mointain peak in fg and the great blue sky above.
macjake (69815) 2014-01-05 1:16
how could any of us resist looking at a photo like this one....talk qbout capturing the best light! Wow.
i'd love to have seen this one in person just as you have.
wonderful nature/landscape photo, it honestly belongs in a frame :)
Kamilutka (8107) 2014-01-05 1:29
I love mountains and photos of them have always great appeal for me. This one is no exception and I enjoy its sharpness and perfect clarity as well as well given colors. The sky is very beautiful and work well as a background.
jemaflor (99123) 2014-01-05 2:30
Great mountains landscape, lovely light on thes epeaks, good composition and contrast with in particular these white clouds on this blue sky.
Subhogen (4067) 2014-01-05 2:33
Lovely sharp view of these jagged peaks from Rakchham. I think I took a closeup shot of this twin pronged peak as well. The blue of the sky is just magical and contrasts the peak so well. Great shot, thanks for sharing.
aleXundar (1256) 2014-01-05 8:09
Another majestic shot from Kinnaur. Great colors as usual and superb clarity. Light management is noteworthy too.
Very well done.
jhm (155330) 2014-01-06 4:55
You play wonderful with layers of mountains, a little bit snow and white clouds make these picture attractive.
Excellent composition, pleasant to look at.
Very well done, TFS.
Have a nice week,
ourania (47844) 2014-01-29 11:10
this is an evocative and alluring scene from the mountains. The shapes and textures along this ridge, the bright earthy colours and the snow are so well rendered and so attractive that you wisely chose a simple composition to exalt their fascination. The blue of the sky is rich and mesmerizing, the passing clouds are well placed in the frame and add some drama. Your light management is exquisite. Congratulations and thank you!
All the best, have a great day,