Snow cornices

Snow cornices

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Credit: DR JUERG ALEAN/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: Snow cornices. View along a mountain ridge showing snow cornices. A person stands just above centre frame to provide scale. A cornice is an overhanging ledge of compacted snow on the leeward edge of a mountain ridge or cliff. Cornices are very unstable and can collapse with the slightest provocation, and are a hazard to climbers and skiers. A collapsing cornice may also trigger a larger avalanche. Photographed in the Swiss Alps.

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Keywords: blizzard, climate, cold, effect, frozen, ice, meteorology, mountain, precipice, ridge, snow cornice, snow drift, snowdrift, weather, wind, winter

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