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Master of Science (MS)



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W. Farrell Edwards


W. Farrell Edwards


Each section in this paper is intended to be as independent as possible. An attempt has been made to avoid references to other sections, and in particular to equations previously used. Hopefully the reader will not find it necessary to page back and forth very much. Figures and footnotes are numbered separately for each section.

A glossary has been included to assist the reader who is unfamiliar with some of the terms used. It includes entries of a qualitative nature (e.g. 'rime', 'graupel') as well as technical terms (e.g. 'Strouhal number').

The text was prepared using Wordperfect 4.1. Certain symbols were not available. When a standard symbol could not be used an attempt was made to use something as appropriate as possible. Thus σ is used for volume density rather than rho, etc.

The study of snow is a fun and fascinating topic. Mountainous terrain offers a great natural laboratory, and fieldwork can be quite enjoyable (although sometimes a bit chilly). However, a rigorous study of problems in snow science also involves much science and mathematics. This paper will address, at an introductory level, some of the technical aspects of the study of snow and avalanches.

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