On a recent sunny afternoon, a row of towering red-brick buildings in Austin sits on the edge of a green-slope parking lot.
The sprawling campus of the University of Texas at Austin houses the nation’s top-ranked science and engineering schools and is a major hub for American manufacturing and commerce.
It is also the home of a new type of snowpack that some are calling the “silver platter” because of its abundance.
But its origins are as ancient as Texas itself.
Its glaciers were driven by the last ice age about 11,000 years ago, and the land in the center of the state has been blanketed in a layer of snow ever since.
The snowpack has been shifting northward for more than 100 years.
Its melting has accelerated dramatically over the past century, according to a new study published in the journal Geophysical Research Letters.
In Texas, the landscape of the Lone Star State has become so snow-free that the state ranks second in the nation in total snowfall in December, according for the first time in decades.
Texas has lost more than a foot of snow on average since the start of the 20th century, an average of 7.7 inches per year.
The last time the state had more than 10 inches of snow fell in December was in February 2000, according the U.S. Geological Survey.
The state’s snowpack is the second-largest in the country, according a report published in March by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.
It has more snow on the ground in December than New York City and Los Angeles combined.
That doesn’t include the snow in Texas’ snowpack from wildfires, melting snow, melting glaciers, melting rain or snowmelt that falls in other parts of the country.
“It’s a lot of water coming out of a lot to get to the ground, so it’s not very dense,” said Mark Henningsen, a research meteorologist at the National Weather Service in Houston.
“In other words, it’s quite a bit of water that goes in, but it’s very sparse compared to what it is in the rest of the U and the U-S.”
Texas has been a leader in a growing number of states that have embraced new snow-management technologies.
The U.N. Climate Change Conference took place in Houston this year and the Environmental Protection Agency has begun requiring manufacturers to use new technologies to control the amount of snow that accumulates on their products.
Texas’ new snowpack technology is one of a handful of innovative snow-collection methods that are gaining traction in other states.
Other snow-absorption technologies include the “snow wall,” which is a series of structures that are installed over a snow field to trap and release snow as it falls, and “cascade snow,” which involves a combination of ice sheets, snowflakes and water from rivers to create a snow barrier.
The technology has been embraced in a handful, including Washington state, which in June became the first state to adopt a mandatory snowpack rule for its streets.
The Texas system of “silver wall” installations has been adopted across the U, and is one that is being replicated in other places.
In New York, the snow is usually released on a small scale as a result of the city’s efforts to limit water use.
The city has also implemented an automated snow-removal system, called the citywide system.
“I think the new technology in the states that are adopting it is going to be an important part of the conversation about the future of this landscape,” said Brian J. Smith, director of the Climate Prediction Center at Texas Tech University.
“If we’re going to survive as a country, it will require us to manage our snow.”
In Texas , the silver platter system can reduce snowpack by more than half.
The new system allows the snow to be moved upslope, where it’s less dense, by the use of a collection system.
The system, developed by a Texas-based firm called Calfire, is also being tested in New Jersey and Oregon.
But the new system is far from the only snow-control technology available.
In Colorado, for example, the state’s new snow removal system uses a combination system of water, ice and snow.
“The system is going from a relatively low-density layer to a more dense layer to more of a snow layer,” said Bill Anderson, director at Calfires snow-extraction unit in Colorado Springs.
“We’ve also incorporated a layer that’s basically a giant ice sheet.”
The technology is also making inroads in Texas, where a new snowfall-management program is gaining traction.
In 2016, the U.-S.
Fish and Wildlife Service created a program called the Texas Snowpack Strategy, which seeks to improve Texas’s snow management by increasing the amount and quality of snow.
In a study published this year in Geophysical Change, Anderson and