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10/27/07 - North Face, South Face

The difference between the north slope and the south slope of a mountain or ridge is often used as a metaphor. The south slope, or south face, gets a lot more sun in the Northern Hemisphere, so it tends to be drier in the summer, but the snow melts more quickly in the winter. The north slope, or north face, gets less sun, so it tends to be wetter and cooler in the summer, but snowier and harsher in the winter.

You should be able to see the difference for yourself in this photo.

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