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Snow stratigraphy

Snow stratigraphy

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DR JUERG ALEAN / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY DR JUERG ALEAN / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption

A thin sample of 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 sample is about one metre high.

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