Snow Sintering

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Crystals lose their points due to molecular motion, wind, and direct pressure. Physically breaking the snow crystals, for instance stomping on them or disturbing them with a shovel, will produce the same effect. The crystal arms are broken and then rounded grains fuse by freezing into larger crystals in a process called sintering.


Reference:

  • HydroWiki [1]
  • Sintering in HyrdroWiki: [2]
  • Ice crystal discovery is good news for avalanche prediction. January 2002. [3]
  • Settlement National Avalanche Center [4]


External Link:

  • A Review of Sintering in Seasonal Snow. December 1997 [5]
  • Jan Blackford Edinburgh University Insights into ice and snow sintering from low temperature scanning electron mircoscopy [6]



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