Photo taken at the Coachella Valley Preserve in Thousand Palms, CA on March 4, 2007.
I have it on a good authority that the "snow" in the above photograph tastes like salt. samhenderson is much braver than I am.
I suppose it doesn't really look like snow to people who actually experience snow on a regular basis - it is, in fact, not snow but salt.
Because the Coachella Valley Preserve is directly over the San Andreas fault, much of the soil is "fault gouge" - the crushed rock and clay from an earthquake fault visible at the surface. This type of soil often has a white crust caused by the salty soil.
of an argument --