Does water reflect or refract light?

Answered by Alana Jensen, INL ESER Program Water is both a reflector and refractor of light. Let’s examine these properties of light separately. Reflection: Reflection is when light hits the surface of an object and then that light travels to our eyes so we can see. All materials reflect light to some extent, but a…

I know pronghorn drop their horns by the end of November, but when do pronghorns start growing new horns and when is horn growth complete?

Answered by Idaho Fish and Game biologist Pronghorn are quite a unique species. They grow horns that shed annually unlike other species that grow horns that get larger each year like bighorn sheep and mountain goats. Horns are different than antlers. Horns are made from a keratinous sheath that grows from a core of live…

How much does snow cover affect temperatures? Does snow reflect enough sunlight that it makes it colder?

Answered by John Hinsberger Meteorologist, National Weather Service-Pocatello, ID Office Daytime TemperaturesThe amount of incoming radiation from the sun that gets reflected back into space is known as albedo. Higher albedo means more of that radiation gets reflected back. Thus, less radiation can be absorbed by the surface, so temperature is affected. One of the…