What exactly is “snarge”?

Image courtesy Airliners.net

Image courtesy Airliners.net

Snarge is the term used for the feathers and residue left after a bird collides with a plane. Scientists in the Smithsonian’s Feather ID Lab examine snarge to identify the species of birds involved in the hundreds of bird strike cases they solve each year, aiding with aviation safety.

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Posted: 24 June 2013
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