SNOW HYDROLOGY : SNOW METAMORPHISM

Instuctor: Randy Julander
Telephone: 524-5213

Page by Mark Williams
University of Colorado
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Overview
Initial Changes in New Snow
Equitemperature Metamorphism
Temperature Gradient Metamorphism

Overview

Definition

Why of Interest

Causes changes in snow properties, including: These changes in snow properties affect:

Why Snow Metamorphsim Occurs

Initial Changes

Examples

Snow crystals begin to change form immediately because (Avalanche Handbook, pages 46-48):

Equitemperature Metamorphism

Definition

Rounded grains that bond together into simple chains.

Example

Synonyms

Parameters

Process

Results

Temperature Gradient Metamorphism

Definition

Angular grains with poor sintering

Synonyms:

Parameters:

Process

Results