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What surface has the highest albedo?

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For earth science, fresh snow.

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The amount of radiation reflected by a surface is referred to as its albedo. Albedo can range from a value of 0 (no reflection) to a value of 1 (100% reflection).

Forests, oceans, cities, deserts all have different albedos. Forests have albedos of between 0.08 and 0.15; deserts have an albedo of about 0.30. Bright snow and ice reflect sunlight back into space; the albedo of snow and ice is between 0.6 to 0.9.

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Technically, water can have the highest albedo (almost 1.0), if it is A)perfectly still (no waves at all) and B) the sunlight strikes it at a really shallow angle. It is pretty rare for both those things to happen at the same time.

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