Snow stratigraphy

Snow stratigraphy

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Credit: DR JUERG ALEAN/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: A pit in the snowpack shows stratification due to successive snowfalls when seen against the sun. Structural strength varies from one snow layer to the next. Weak layers play an important role in the formation of avalanches. The pit is about one metre deep.

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Keywords: avalanche, cross-section, layer, no-one, nobody, sample, snow, snowfall, strata, stratification, stratum

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