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.


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http://www.hydrowiki.psu.edu/wiki/index.php/Snow_sintering

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