Erosion from Melt of a Mountain Snowpack
Journal of Soil and Water Conservation
Soil erosion from clear-weather snowmelt was measured on four .01-acre (.004-hectare) plots located on a bare mountain slope in northern Utah. Soil loss was minimal during three seasons, ranging from 3 to 26 pounds per acre (3.4-29.1 kilograms/hectare). Surface runoff accounted for between 1 and 3.5 percent of the snowpack's water equivalent, and infiltration during snowmelt likely was much higher than snowmelt. Such small soil losses do not warrant vseof the snowmelt factor, fis, in the universal sril loss equation in mountain terrain where a moderately deep snowpack persists throughout winter.
Hart, G.E. and S.A. Loomis (1982). Erosion from melt of a mountain snowpack. J. Soil and Water Conv. 37(1): 55-57.