Item: Evidence of liquid water flow through snow from thick-section photography
Title: Evidence of liquid water flow through snow from thick-section photography
Proceedings: 1988 International Snow Science Workshop, Whistler, October 12-15
Authors: Bruce J. McGurk and Richard C. Kattelmann
Abstract: In combination with rain or melt intensity, the snowpack's physical characteristics control the travel of rain and meltwater through the snowpack. Factors such as snow temperature, crusts, ice lenses, density, layer discontinuities, and liquid water content are some of the important flow-controlling characteristics. California's central Sierra Nevada snowpack is typically composed of between five and ten distinct bands that correspoind to the major storm events. The bands are generally separated by clear-weather, melt-freeze crusts. The temperature and grain size within each band are determined by storm characteristics.
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Keywords: snowpack, water, photography, snow temperature, crusts, density, layers
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