February 29, 2012

Hacking Away at Snow

In Asari, Hokkaido. I looked out the window and was startled to see chunks of snow floating in the river like ice floes.

Then this snow boulder came into view...

...and then the dump trucks. Apparently, this is where snow gathered from streets is dumped. The trucks have to continuously churn the water while hacking away at the enormous chunk of snow so the water won't freeze. Since sand is periodically mixed into the snow, the resulting churn was an ugly grey-brown.

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