Snow Sintering

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Snow Sintering is when snow cyrstals 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.


  • 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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