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New edition under new (Canadian) editorship--since the US has phased out research on the phenomenon. A more international flavor is apparent here and major enlargement of such subjects as snow metamorphism, its shear strength, release mechanisms, motion, effects, prediction. The definitive English-language work. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780898868098
  • Publisher: Mountaineers Books, The
  • Publication date: 10/28/2006
  • Edition description: REV
  • Edition number: 3
  • Pages: 288
  • Sales rank: 786,590
  • Product dimensions: 7.20 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Table of Contents

Foreword 5
Preface 7
Acknowledgments 8
Introduction 9
Ch. 1 Effects of Avalanches 11
Ch. 2 Elements of Mountain Weather 17
Ch. 3 Snow Formation and Growth in the Atmosphere and Snowpack 37
Ch. 4 Avalanche Formation 61
Ch. 5 Avalanche Terrain, Motion, and Effects 89
Ch. 6 Avalanche Prediction I: Elements of Stability Evaluation and Snowpack Observations 124
Ch. 7 Avalanche Prediction II: Avalanche Forecasting 151
Ch. 8 Safety Measures and Rescue 171
Ch. 9 Avalanche Protection 197
Appendix A: SI Units 239
Appendix B: Example of Snow and Weather Observations 241
Appendix C: Advanced Snow Crystal Classification Systems 247
Appendix D: Snow Avalanche Size Classification 252
Appendix E: Recording Avalanche Events 255
Appendix F: Examples of Snow Stability Rating Scales and Avalanche Hazard Rating Scales 256
Appendix G: International Avalanche Classification 258
Appendix H: Examples of Common Explosive Control Procedures 259
Appendix I: General References 264
Index 266
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