Avalanche

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#<div class="definition"><div class="short_definition">(''Also called'' snowslide.) A mass of [[snow]] (perhaps containing [[ice]] and rocks) moving  rapidly down a steep mountain slope.</div><br/> <div class="paragraph">Avalanches may be characterized as loose and turbulent, or slab; either type may be dry or wet  according to the nature of the snow forming it, although [[dry snow]] usually forms loose avalanches  and [[wet snow]] forms slabs. A large avalanche sweeps a current of air along with and in front of  it as an [[avalanche wind]], which supplements its already tremendous destructive force. <br/>''See'' [[wind  slab]]; <br/>''compare''  [[sluff]].</div><br/> </div>
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#<div class="definition"><div class="short_definition">(''Also called'' snowslide.) A mass of [[snow]] (perhaps containing [[ice]] and rocks) moving  rapidly down a steep mountain slope.</div><br/> <div class="paragraph">Avalanches may be characterized as loose and turbulent, or slab; either type may be dry or wet  according to the nature of the snow forming it, although [[dry snow]] usually forms loose avalanches  and [[wet snow]] forms slabs. A large avalanche sweeps a current of air along with and in front of  it as an [[avalanche wind]], which supplements its already tremendous destructive force. <br/>''See'' [[wind slab|wind  slab]]; <br/>''compare''  [[sluff]].</div><br/> </div>
 
#<div class="definition"><div class="short_definition">(''Also called'' landslide.) A mass of earth material (soil, rock, etc.) moving rapidly down a  steep slope.</div><br/> </div>
 
#<div class="definition"><div class="short_definition">(''Also called'' landslide.) A mass of earth material (soil, rock, etc.) moving rapidly down a  steep slope.</div><br/> </div>
 
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[edit] avalanche

  1. (Also called snowslide.) A mass of snow (perhaps containing ice and rocks) moving rapidly down a steep mountain slope.

    Avalanches may be characterized as loose and turbulent, or slab; either type may be dry or wet according to the nature of the snow forming it, although dry snow usually forms loose avalanches and wet snow forms slabs. A large avalanche sweeps a current of air along with and in front of it as an avalanche wind, which supplements its already tremendous destructive force.
    See wind slab;
    compare sluff.

  2. (Also called landslide.) A mass of earth material (soil, rock, etc.) moving rapidly down a steep slope.

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