Avalanche defences

Avalanche defences

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Caption: Avalanche defence fences on a mountain slope above the ski resort of Flaine in the French Alps. The fences help to reduce the chances of large masses of loose snow detaching from the slope. They will also slow any avalanches that do occur, reducing the impact on the resort below. Also, by breaking up the slope, they prevent a small avalanche from triggering a larger avalanche.

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