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Vocabulary Term Details

Avalanches

Definition (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Avalanches)

An avalanche (also called a snowslide or snowslip) is a rapid flow of snow down a slope. Avalanches are typically triggered in a starting zone from a mechanical failure in the snowpack (slab avalanche) when the forces on the snow exceed its strength but sometimes only with gradually widening (loose snow avalanche). After initiation, avalanches usually accelerate rapidly and grow in mass and volume as they entrain more snow. (Wikipedia)

Preferred Units: N/A

Scope Note:
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Natural disasters
N/ASnow

This term is used for the following terms: 
Snowslide

Approved Date
10-May-2013

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